* Posts by cambsukguy

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

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Re: Hmmm

Proper Capitalism is supposed to fix price gouging.

Apple et al put up their prices... Others step in and undercut them because they can make a similar product much cheaper.

Except it happens less than you might expect because, in a rich country like the UK, it is like people paying twice as much for a loaf of bread that really isn't much better than the cheaper one. They pay the premium because it is not actually a break-the-bank kind of extra cost.

So, the people that buy the new phone are usually people with a lot of money to spare - I see huge numbers of people with old iPhones, broken screens, cables hanging out of their pockets because they require power blocks to keep them running.

Of course, there is probably a general trend downward as harder times bite but this is still a rich country and Apple/Samsung will still have a market at the high end.

Me, older phone not Apple or Samsung and I prefer it that way of course, because I could pay the premium if I wanted, I just don't want.

Older phones have so many useful selling points, the main one being less worry about dropping/losing/stealing. No case required. No fear that some twat will rip it off. No worry that it is going out of date soon. Really, much less stressful.

And, since no compelling additions have been made to phones to make one wish one had the newest shiny, even fewer issues. Screens still remain similar or lower res than mine (564ppi), cameras are similar or worse (20MP Zeiss), unlock with a face/iris, yeah, super useful. Tons of RAM, tons of Flash.

The only real USPs that would make me want to move are:

1. Essentially unbreakable, although I have dropped mine several times, caseless, and the glass remains unblemished.

2. Power breakthrough, a new tech that makes a phone last, say, a week. My battery is removable already so new battery tech could conceivably be used anyway.

3. Running PC apps, real ones. Not critical but I would just have one because it would remove the need to have a Surface or a laptop in many (more) cases.

As long as it remains supported and updated, which mine still is, at least monthly, I will stick with it.

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Re: The Pound

What do you mean expect?

The last number I saw was 2.9%, seriously higher than for many years.

Back in the silly days of 8% inflation I saw my mortgage costs plummet and my wages go up and up.

Seems like that doesn't happen much any more.

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So, according to your assertion, an incoming asteroid, large enough to cause a catastrophe somewhere would not affect the stock market or anything else, like optimism etc. because it hasn't happened yet.

Wow.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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Re: Ubiquitous Smartphones

> They just see it as a £65/month contract rather than TCO. It's crazy...

I will tell you what's crazy, thinking that £65/month is reasonable when £20/month will buy a good/reasonable phone over three years with a SIM-only contract.

£40/month saved would pay for my broadband and a TV licence.

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They will be offering already, to stream radio to cellphones I imagine.

People use data recklessly, streaming video, radio, video calling. I know someone who sends most of their messages on WhatsApp using audio instead of typing. People complain about not getting good streaming reliability while being the source of the problem.

A bit like bad parking, people complain they never get a space but park atrociously when they have the space.

This is one of those (many) situations (pulling out of side streets, cutting in traffic queues, jumping red lights) where being a good citizen just means others get the benefit of your altruism.

At least altruism can work with data, I have a very cheap SIM-only package (4GB, £9) and never even check the amount used - I would have to be away from home with no WiFi and a laptop needed internet before I worried.

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Black screen of death after Win10 update? Microsoft blames HP

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And yet,

My HP Win10 machine updated just fine, as usual.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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Re: Lovely, lovely man

hmm, One's a ...

Being a grammar Nazi has its risks.

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Re: Misleading headline.

Fake news like Child sex rings operating out of Pizza parlours, run by HRC no less, causing a nutcase to go all shooty on the place.

Yes, they do need to be careful of what people say, more so in the USA than in the UK for sure.

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Re: Who will..

John Cusack could do it.

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I think this is the Al Capone method. Put him in prison for anything, something is better than nothing.

Bear in mind, they only revoked his bail, in the UK you go to the slammer and await your sentencing, I amazed how many countries say "Put your affairs in order and return here in 2 months for sentence, you are going to prison".

Talk about pressure to run like hell.

Of course, it does seem more civilised (unlike the US system in general) to allow people to prepare for prison.

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Re: I only wish...

> I'll crowdfund you.

Careful, that is perilously close to (one of) the crime(s) he committed.

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Re: Lovely, lovely man

What's the difference between a Catfish and Martin Shkreli?

Ones a scum-sucking bottom feeder... and the other is a fish.

boom boom.

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Federal prison is a piece of cake though by comparison to the state systems.

There will be no Bubba, just a James or a Jack perhaps.

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> As the saying says: "What goes around comes around".

Sadly, this is not true, hence the happiness when it actually does.

Now, some Pharma karma would be great to add to said happiness.

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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I can't help thinking Iris recognition is superior

Absolutely requires open eyes.

Isn't be fooled by a photo, even one wrapped around a mannequin.

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

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My phone cost me £300 quid, has over 530 ppi screen, 2500 pixel across display, removable battery, 96GB of memory but could have 230GB if I needed.

The camera is 20 Megapixels and has a Zeiss lens with an absolutely fantastic Camera App and three LEDs to produce natural lighting, adjustable after taking the picture - I have not seen better pictures from any other camera, the 1020 gave it a run for the money on a good day of course.

It also has iris recognition which also works in the dark because it uses Infra Red.

Given that AR is not really my thing. it seems like I have saved 700 quid.

Oh yeah, also has Qi wireless charging, like my previous 2 phones did. It also performs easily well enough, I suppose 6 cores at god-know-how-many MHz will do that.

It gets regular updates, both in security and features, has fast charging (rarely needed since it gets topped up wirelessly but still). The list is endless really.

I really, truly, honestly don't get how people can spend that kind of money on a phone that just isn't really better and that can easily break if you drop it - putting it in a case, as many do, completely removes the benefits of that slimness and lightness. I have never had a case, a cheaper phone makes that a much easier proposition, as well as saving the price of a case!

Oh well, not my problem I suppose, I will just internally snigger like I do at the owners of Audi Q7s and insert-similar-horrible-car here, who must mistake it for envy given their smug faces.

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WhatsApp irons a shirt, dons a suit, prepares business services

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Re: What are the requirements for a messaging app?

Well, WhatsApp has a Desktop client that means I no longer have to use the Web page, which mean I don't have to worry about the web page always being open - the app starts with Windows and is always there, yay!

Just a few issues though:

1. Your 'phone *has* to be on for messages to appear, not terrible but not great.

2. Messages ping the phone and the PC.

3. It doesn't support SMS messages, so you need to both look at your phone and work out the message history on your head where mixing has occurred.

And before you ask why someone would use a messaging service and text messages to the same person, perhaps switching during a chat, well it happens all the time based on coverage and whim.

Skype may be despised by some but it offers merging of messages and SMS, on the PC and the 'phone, tying the person concerned into one 'Contact'. It transfers the messages to all targets and notifies on all targets but, crucially, once one starts chatting on one of them, the others stay quiet unless a period of time has passed without messages.

So, get a text? See it on your PC and answer it right there, super useful, without any extra App on either device.

Well, that's what happens on my 'phone/PC anyway.

I have WhatsApp because mobile-orientated people swear by it, which is fine, I don't have to use it much at all these days and the phone App I use has no ads or serious horribleness.

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Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S to Win 10 Pro upgrade offer

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Re: Being forced to use Bing can easily scare any propesctive buyers

I would be grateful if someone would reasonably put, say, 10 search terms here that highlight the superior results from Google.

I don't mean keep doing searches and select the ones where you think Google outperformed Bing.

I am sure Google have a good search engine but I personally find the results way to ad-driven with steers to Googly things I can do without.

Many search results I have seem on both look very similar, I did a film search for instance (Enemy of the State). Normally the results looks similar. Both have a sidebar with the film info. I did notice however:

1. The Bing result had the trailer, non-playing, available, right there.

2. Google put a pop-up saying "Hey, use Chrome loser" or something. Of course Bing might do this on Chrome.

3. Google placed ads to buy it in that sidebar, not unreasonable but not wanted.

4. Both placed some critic scores, useful, Google allowed the user to vote (I think).

5. Interestingly, Bing actually placed a Dictionary definition of "Enemy of the State" at the top of the search, which is a con-incidence given the title of course. Google had this nowhere on the first page although they did offer other similar questions people asked; although both had a list of similar questions.

6. Bing (usefully, IMO) places two results of Images and Videos in the main page to avoid the 'menu' at the top being required for many searches.

7. The pics in 6 on Bing Zoom on a mouse hover.

8. The video in 6 on Bing play, right there in the browser on a mouse hover. And they stop when you move away.

9. Upon selecting Images on Google, it once more asked me to use Chrome despite the No Thanks less than a minute earlier.

10. The Images page is so similar on both it is amazing, except that on Bing, the fancy tiles at the top with alternatives is sideways scrollable and noticeably better.

11. The videos page on Bing has the aforementioned play on hover facility as well as a much nicer layout that is Video orientated. The Google one just looks like the main web page with pictures and text.

I don't have more time (gotta go to see a SlipKnot movie!) but Bing seems vastly more impressive at this ordinary task.

Google is definitely the Street-view destination and almost certainly has more places on its maps although I have stated before, I like having built-in maps so web-based maps are not my thing.

Google have other features I am sure which may be superior too but I cannot see, for the life of me, why Bing is seen as so poor when it seems to do the job just fine, and better IMO in most cases.

I think this is a case of standard MS bashing from those who don't actually try all options before pronouncing.

At least I have used Google/Android/iOS/Linux and even almost used a Mac.

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Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

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Hardcore enthusiast I guess

But, the phone I have works better than when I got it, because WP10 was unstable at first release for sure.

I don't recognise the broken BT and maps fail jibes in the article.

I use maps. nav and BT, all at the same time while driving, the hands-free BT and the A2DP music stuff at the same time sometimes. No big deal of course, I have even heard that other phones can do this,

Although Maps without data, all over, anywhere, elegantly, not-so-much, I have seen the Google download map thing and it is rubbish by comparison, reminds me of downloading squares of the Lake District with NaviComputer or OS maps for walking, except that it is required just for regular map use.

I get that most people with Android/iOS simply have a data connection, pay for the extra GB and have a decent connection enough not to care.

But I have been in enough places without coverage where it matters and still prefer digital over paper, thanks to location mainly, that I am thankful for installed maps.

And the Office stuff works really, really well.

It definitely could all be better. It definitely deserves more love from MS, but it still works and is still updated often.

I still prefer the UI, even though it lacks the elegance of WP8, the extra UWP power, e.g. in Mail are worth the 'more-PC-like' UI.

It still has the 'distorting' screen buttons that attracted me in the first place, the Start screen short-cut system that make iOS look ancient and Android look tacky.

I just hope that a new phone comes along before mine actually becomes out of date.

With luck that will be two years - after all, they are not gonna write an app I 'must' have and it maintains the same speed as the day I got it.

It would not be terrible if updates stopped in, say, a year from now, as long as the final version was stable. Almost all the apps I use are MS apps anyway, OneDrive, Skype, Office, Maps, People, Mail.

And I don't worry about getting the next best thing, which I reckon saves me a bundle.

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So what's in the new Windows Insider build? Bug fixes, an AR goof-around, and a font

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Re: Also...

Still using my 950, still works, still gets updates.

Since I don't 'have to have' every new App, the lack of them is less of a problem to me.

I require Mail to work, Office to work with real Office files, Word and Excel especially, PP is nice.

I require a working cloud storage App.

I require Skype and, if I have to, WhatsApp.

I require Text messaging and a phone book etc.

I require a decent camera.

I like lots of storage.

I don't want to pay too much.

I want it a reasonable size and a reasonable screen resolution.

I want updates, especially security ones,

I want a browser that displays most web pages and runs fancy things like video.

I want an eReader with lots of features.

I like having Hiking, Tracking type apps.

Alarms are useful, timers etc. can also be useful.

My 950 does all of the above better than most, especially the Camera and the Office stuff.

The price was 250, why the hell would I pay more or replace what I have.

This phone will be replaced with another 950, second-hand if it breaks or a Surface-type super phone if such an animal comes along.

If nothing else is available I will try an HP x3 thing before I use Android or iOS.

I don't care if other people prefer their phones, I object only to the continual dismissal, without even owning and using one.

At least I have used Android and iOS (for work purposes) and have come to a conclusion based on use not cynicism.

I get that MS don't give a shit about actual phones but the OS is the OS and it works just fine and is maintained at least.

If they make Edge cooler on the PC, the phone tends to get that feature too.

And, most importantly, the bug fixes come to the phone where they are in phone code.

Stop dissing a completely acceptable Phone OS and I will stop ranting, maybe.

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Cognitive Services, Clippy? AI's silent infiltration of Microsoft's Office stack

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Re: Oh, wonderful.

and spelled experience correctly.

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Samsung gains ground on smartphones

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Re: "some 90 MegaPhones in Q4, 2016."

Better camera - meh

Wireless charging - would not touch anything without it.

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I say, BING DONG! Microsoft's search engine literally cocks up on front page for hours

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Re: Aye, that'll be right!

Using chrome on this brand new Linux Mint machine at work and scrolling causes huge ripples on the screen, bloody awful.

Don't know if it is Chrome or a Linux/driver but it sure as shit doesn't happen on Edge.

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

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Re: Not limited to iPhones

And the next time you buy a car?

You decide not to buy that manufacturer because the BT or SatNav is crap.

All other things being equal, one way or the other, reliability, price etc. one may choose based on the better SatNav, or at least buy one without SatNav 'cause they are all out-of-date unless they are connected and have free update, which phone SatNav apps do for instance.

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HP Inc vows: We're not walking away from Continuum

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Re: Creative idiocy all round.

> when they can sell you 2

What if they are the only source for the 'one' but there are myriad sources for the 'two'? e.g. an iPhone and a Mac.

Then MS will want to be the 'one' to avoid this kind of competition.

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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The good news is that they will be found out

You can't possibly fool most of the people all of the time.

People won't fall for it for long, if the stuff they sell is no good, people will stop buying it.

And then the shares will drop and they will go bankrupt.

To prove it, I just checked the shares and, oh wait, up 25% so far this year.

Hmm, I am not sure that the naysayers and doom-mongers will be proved correct if all those sill financial people keep believing the hype.

I have one question, why do people keep buy MS software? If the free (and paid for) alternatives are just better, why would they buy them?

I get that people paid for iTunes because 'Easy is better than free (torrents etc.)'. It is also more honest if you can afford it. I get that some people by Macs and that they are rather expensive (not compared to a Surface but to a 'mortal' laptop.

But why do people stand for Windows when (apparently) it is a steaming pile of garbage.

Is it entirely the case that these vast corporations, hospitals and governments etc. don't know that there is a free alternative which only requires that the hire some IT guys to run (which has to be the case anyway)?

I know I will get castrated here (but who-gives-a-shit), however, it does seem a perfectly reasonable question given that the stock answer 'Everybody is a sucker' could not possibly be the case for the immense number of people falling for the 'hype'.

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

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Re: Dosent stack up with my findings

Hmm, 700 is statistically quite a decent sample.

Those users didn't pay for the units so they are probably not as careful as I would be having paid serious money.

Of course, they are looked after as far as SW management is concerned.

Also tallies with the anecdotal evidence I have gleaned.

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Re: Surface is shit, quelle surprise

Whereas we have three Surfaces in the family and all still work just fine; despite mine being dropped onto stone flags on its rounded corner leaving it a squared off corner.

Dunno much 'bout Apple kit. They could be good, could be overpriced, will never know (almost) certainly.

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No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

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Re: I'm sure Apple engineers read The Register...

But, it just works?

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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It has been said...

Never watch Sausages or Laws being made.

Wise advice, I shall purchase one since M's is easy walking distance anyway.

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Microsoft dumps mobility from its Vision

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Re: Come on MS, say it... Windows Mobile is a dead duck.

It's not that incompatible; I am still running a WP7.5 app and it works exactly as it did on my first WinPhone - except faster of course.

They should have done an Xbox and just persevered, sinking whatever billions were required in order to stay in the market and hold out until WP10 existed long enough for app developers to make their Win10 UWP apps available for the platform.

Of course, they still can, HoloLens, Xbox, PC, throw in a mobile version, it just isn't that hard.

They need to continue to make the 950 pair available and introduce a new phone to ensure the customers they have can stay if they wish and eventually hope that some OEMs will make other phones.

Wishful thinking it seems, I hope a Surface phone appears before my 950 fails.

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Three: No fixed date yet for 4G services abroad

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It was/is a great deal precisely because of the data element.

And you can call the people you travelled with since they all have phones from 'home' too.

Whilst I can't be sure, it's been a while since I went, ISTR calling local numbers without cost, car hire places etc.

Brilliant for driving, full downloaded maps (MS/Here) *and* traffic updates because data.

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

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Re: No such thing on a MS Windows phone

Firstly, none of the people I know with a WinPhone has had a malicious app requiring termination.

Secondly, I am sure the Win key cannot be used by an app or intercepted - can't be sure but no apps I have ever used use it, it makes no sense to do so.

And finally, holding the power key takes one to the shutdown request screen, which, if not proceeded with, almost certainly allows the WIn key to have focus.

My WinPhone also allow the battery to be removed easily - but I have never needed to do it, ever.

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On the couch with an AI robo-doc asking me personal questions

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Re: If you've got UNIX...

> the ELIZA script cannot access the bloody camera

Are you sure about that?

Sticky tape is the only way to be sure, unless you nuke it from orbit of course.

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GnuPG crypto library cracked, look for patches

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I read it all...

...but I can't find the bit where Microsoft broke the package.

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Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

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Re: Whilst I'm no fan of Microsoft..

> Microsoft word had all the word processing power that I (and a HUGE number of other people) needed in 2003

This is a common view - one I subscribed to - until I subscribed to the latest Office, having owned Office 200x.

Small things like having immediate visual views or feedback in menus of what you might or have done is useful.

O365 sends me emails of additional features (not a power user by any means) like the recent one that adds a 'Word Editor'. Ostensibly, just a the usual spell and grammar checker. But this system expands upon it, adds natural language analysis and analyses writing style etc.

Of course, many will find it an annoying hindrance (I think it is off by default though). However, may, like my foreign gf, will find it invaluable to reduce English faux paus.

Given that one can get five 'person' licenses for £70pa, each with 5 x 1TB of cloud storage and allowed use on a PC, mobile and tablet for all 5 users, this is not a bad price at all for the (always) latest version.

I know said gf, her dad and my son all appreciate it - even have a spare.

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Re: Whilst I'm no fan of Microsoft..

I can view all my calendars, shared or otherwise on my phone...

...without a third-party app.

I assumed al mobile OSs could do that, but then I am often surprised by what my phone does OOTB compared to others - especially when it comes to Office files and cloudy stuff.

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Microsoft brings caregiver leave home to US, plans to finish global rollout soon

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Sadly, didn't get past the interview stage

And it was with the research division.

But, I noticed everyone had enormous, twin monitors, when that was difficult.

When I mentioned that the snack machines didn't have money slots, the interviewer just pointed out that charging would be absurd given what the time lost for not having the right money etc. would cost anyway.

Still, was the only place I have worked where the drinks, food AND snack machine were free. That includes a lot of Blue Chip outfits too.

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Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

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It means that someone releases the info that HC used a private email server but makes it sound as if it were Treasonous, rather than something many in her position did previously.

It releases email information that suggests HC had views on subjects that some people might not like, perhaps 'Choice' and the death penalty or that she dislikes this person or that person.

It means stories like HC and someone else ran a Child P0rn ring out of a Pizza joint in DC.

Sufficient and continuous 'Fake News' can and does affect people, it increases confirmation bias and increases the likelihood of waverers moving to a given side.

It has taken a long time, with many still disputing the facts, for most of the (US) public to 'know' that Obama was born in the USA and is also not a Muslim.

And, since DT was in at the start (or started) that disgusting lie (the lie itself, not being non-American or a Muslim of course) - it says a great deal about the person without all the additional and ample evidence that he is not fit for office.

The simple fact is that it took only a small amount of swing in a small number of places to make the difference in the outcome.

It is like someone complaining of losing a race right at the end because the opponent (or a supporter) bumped them just near the line... "You cheated, not fair", "You lost, stop complaining". In this case, James Comey must take a significant amount of the blame - the irony is incredible given the current situation.

If only, like an Olympic medal, the Presidency could be taken and given to the next runner-up when malfeasance was detected and subsequently confirmed.

We can only hope that the system makes the maximum correction possible, despite the fact that a lunatic would be replaced by a nutcase.

In the meantime, we will enjoy the comedy and the fact that he hates his new life, because he didn't want it in the first place.

But then, I am not an American so I don't feel the abject shame that I would if I were.

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In the week Uber blew up, Netflix restates 'No brilliant jerks' policy

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Re: I'd consider paying for Netflix but

I will bet serious money that you don't have a bigger collection of DVDs that their movie selection - despite the fact that you are right, it is small.

They decided against just making movies available because, quite rightly, they realise that anyone can do that and compete with them (Now TV for instance).

So, they make of lot of their own shows - and many of them of are pretty good.

As a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I am particularly are well served.

And, as a holder of a Cinema pass, I watch the movies you no doubt buy on DVD, at the cinema. It is better - no matter what your system is - and cheaper, I watch most adult releases so it costs about 2 quid a movie, excellent value really. And, of course, I see them earlier, which costs a serious premium with streaming services and DVDs.

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Re: What do Netflix staff do that requires all these not-brilliant stars?

Netflix is not a platform, like Amazon Fire, it is a service, like iPlayer.

So, no, there is no iPlayer available on Netflix.

Having tried, via my gf's Prime membership to occasionally find and watch something on Amazon Video, I can safely say it is garbage.

Hardly anything available for the 'Prime included' service, always offers up a price to view.

A rubbish interface, the same web page as Amazon shopping, just tripe.

No elegant Apps for lots of platforms like Netflix.

Almost no home-grown series.

I have a Netflix App in Win10 and WinPhone 10 (the same app).

It runs happily in Edge and (I think Firefox). Almost certainly Chrome (never checked).

It has an app on my kids' WinPhone 8.1 which still works just fine.

The Surface RT App (Win8.1) still works, and very nice it is too.

It even ran on the WP7.5, no longer used though.

It didn't run on my older Samsung smart TV but runs on Chromecast, fire sticks etc.

Basically Netflix wipes the floor with the other services so, as long as you are not requiring the latest movie releases (they went away from that to spend the money on making their own shows, they have a huge number of them these days) then you will be well satisfied..

I also share, quite acceptably, my login with my kids and gf, even on the cheapest service option, so it is damn good value for money too.

(Not being paid to plug Netflix...).

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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

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Re: Typical: the EU showing muscles, where you DON'T need them

Almost the first thing you see when driving into Andorra is a Fuel station with long lines of cars getting filled up at much reduced prices.

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Re: I would suggest telco to save cutting ads, especially the expensive TV ones.

Richard Branson's company (Virgin) hasn't owned Virgin Media for some time now, it is owned by Liberty Media.

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Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

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I regularly run three windows with 20 tabs or so spread across them in Edge.

I had a quick look just now, one tab was using 163MB and I nuked the process but could not work out which tab it was - these are content processes and nuking one just makes Edge pop it back up, often too fast to spot - good for leaky web pages though.

The total usage was about 1GB, dropping to 500MB when I killed the worst three processes.

CPU usage is under 10% when not doing too much.

In the early days Edge had to be restarted (which it is extremely good at) because of memory leaks. Now, I hardly ever even check, even though I only have an 8GB machine.

I like the fact that my tabs return always - no 'Well, this is embarrassing...'. As well as the extra tab that says "Erase all my tabs" - just in case that was actually what you wanted.

Sorry, but it is true, slurp or not.

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Voyager 1 passes another milestone: It's now 138AU from home

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Re: Not sure what they used...

My mate told me (so it must be true) that they used Hamming codes which could correct for 7 incorrect bits in 8, requiring 256 bits to be sent for each 8 bits of final data.

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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I love Scotland, its politics and its people especially.

It's the damn weather that stops me (and others that have tried) living there.

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

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Re: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

Good cleaners are hard to find, although I think it is not training as much as mind-set really.

For instance, I have too much attention to detail and would take too long without quite a lot of pressure to do otherwise.

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Re: Christian Berger: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

All true, but the closer you sail to the wind, the more chance there is of a wreck.

The UK is fairly strong but there are some bad signals and some serious risks ahead, Brexit - a risk we did not need to take - being one of the largest.

Brexit is not an opportunity as much as a risk because all of the flux and change, seriously expensive change, none of which help the economy, which will (literally) tax the nation.

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Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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Re: so a subset of a subset of Windows phone users ?

You really are AC.

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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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NASDAQ, 12 months. 34%.

I wish my value grew at that rate. I am sure they are gutted over at MS.

Their purpose is to make that number bigger for the people that own shares. They are doing that and people think that they will keep doing that, hence the increase.

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