* Posts by cambsukguy

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

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Re: Haven't we just been around this?

Wow, live translation of text via the camera from Google.

Jesus, my first Windows Phone had that, 4 years ago, and all of them since.

Why is it that people only think that something is clever and cool when Google or Apple do it, despite it being available from a non-sexy Vendor yonks before.

Next thing you know, Google maps showing the Highway camera live feeds on Android will be touted as awesome, despite being on my Maps app for ages already.

My Nokia N9 had AR location placesdistance placed over the camera feed even longer ago than that - including stuff that you couldn't actually see. It doesn't tend to survive because it just isn't that useful in real life (partly because compass/gyro stuff is not perfect I suspect).

And, I presume when Firefox/Chrome adds the facility for web pages to be displayed in English without tiresome clicking and mucking about and copying bits into a translator, or has a right click that allows just a marked bit of text to be translated, it will be considered cool too. Meanwhile, I will just use Edge and half-forget that some of the pages I read are in a foreign language (until it becomes obvious from the translation that is).

Reminds of the time that someone said their camera had OIS, two years after my first camera that had it. Or the first time that boasted about having a whole 12MP when the one I was holding had 40.

And someone really was amazed when they put their phone on my wireless charging pad and saw it charge, THIS WEEK at my office, really, THIS WEEK. (Yes, it was a web developer.)

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It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

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Re: When I was a kid.....

> How did we reach this stage?

'We' didn't, it is still a choice for almost everything.

I am obviously a tech person but:

1. My phone was paid for completely at the time of purchase - because it didn't cost the best part of £1000. It is a smart-phone, it (still) has higher 'specs' than most smart-phones. A new replaceable battery, purchased just this week for £9 (yes, original, from a UK supplier), means it still runs for better than a day if I haven't (wirelessly) charged it. I have a SIM-only contract of course and the £9-month is for a whole year but, really, there is no lock-in here at all at those prices - if they try to gouge me, I (and the two other customers I pay for) will go elsewhere.

2. I bought what few Apps I paid for and those and the free ones get upgraded for gratis where they are still supported at least.

3. I bought my car, it was five years old then and two years older now, but worked, and still works, reliably. I expect it to remain working without significant effort for at least five more years. It is a full-size car with a fairly high spec but I reckon on a cost of purchase in the order of £50/month overall, maximum.

4. I am lucky enough to have bought a house (slowly of course). I am old and had the advantage that they were merely outrageously priced with obscene interest rates rather than obscenely priced with outrageous interest rates (given the base rate that is).

5. I have always, always bought white goods whole, BrightHouse and their ilk are exploiters of a high order.

6. I 'do' rent Netflix, there is no other choice of course. However, they will remain affordable or I will exit the system. There is no lock-in; I can terminate with one months notice.

7. I even self-insured house contents for years having noticed that only a total loss by fire would cost anything more than a £1000 or so. The simple maths of paying £100/yr for a maxm loss of maybe £1000 seemed ridiculous to me. I have contents cover now solely because it is bundled with building cover for about £30, far more reasonable.

I have succumbed to renting Office. I didn't like having (really) old versions and running converters or using the free web-based stuff but the main reason for paying was what you aactually get for your £80 (in my case). One gets five users, allowing me, my two offspring and my girlfriend all to have a copy, and all use/need it. Additionally, we all get 1TB of OneDrive storage, which basically means unlimited cloud storage (that phone camera can use obscene amounts of data for video). Furthermore, each user gets an hour of free calls to foreign phones (importantly, including mobiles) worldwide every month - this is important in one of my users case particularly.

O only once succumbed to HP, as a student, desperate for a Hi-Fi system utterly beyond my pocket at the time. I overpaid for three years but got to have quality music/turntable/tape deck etc. for that period. Having had no-one to help me to buy things, I still regard it as money well wasted.

The real problem here is extending too much credit at high interest rates to people that cannot afford it and don't need the new shiny but just want it - thanks to advertising that makes them feel inferior if they don't have it.

I avoid ads like the plague - the cinema is where I see almost all the ads I see (I really don't 'see' ads on web sites much, I use the BBC for news for instance.

Cinema ads seems very heavily biased towards aspirational things like cars and perfume. Neither work on me of course but they must work in general surely?

It is a strange paradox that people who lack money/power want to show what they do have much more than people with money/power.

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Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

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I worried about the Nav bar...

...On my phone when I got it years ago.

Not because of burn-in, I never knew it happened on phones.

I worried in case the bar didn't work or disappeared and wouldn't return.

Now, I love it; I can disappear it if I want more screen real estate (or set some apps to do it) and it never fails to appear or operate.

The Nav bar can be made to match the UI theme, although I prefer it natural.

I have also set it to allow double tap off the buttons, which switches the display off, no button press required.

No burn-in visible, I looked, hard.

It is an OLED and it is hi-res, even by today's standards I think (563ppi).

It is less bright though than these fancy new ones though, although anything other than bright sunlight is fine and it kicks up the saturation/brightness violently when it is sunny, which changes the colours but leaves it more readable at least.

Having no UI buttons really need not be an issue and should be a benefit - it just requires them to work properly.

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Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life

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Re: Please explain

No,

The systems they are discussing is a port of W10 to run on ARM - not Windows Mobile, which is a cut-down version with replacement parts for mobile, albeit built from the same source and able to execute well-written UWP apps via a re-compile only.

The source code for this system is the same as fill W10 wherever this is feasible (I presume).

Vast amounts of an OS are written in (say) C, or C++ etc. - all of that will compile to ARM and run as intended (when they correct for bad programming). For instance, they may specify that the ARM must run in little-endian mode (I would).

So, the main work being done would be something like:

1. Re-write as much Intel assembler based kernel code in portable C.

2. Where 1 is not possible, reduce the amount to a minimum and write ARM-specific versions of the sections in question, say memory block copies. These would then be as efficient and fast as the originals.

3. In order to actually execute Intel .exes without a re-compile, use said emulation of instructions. I believe Qualcomm are making this easier by baking lots of this into hardware. However, this would only be needed for legacy apps where the money has been spent and the vendor is unwilling to (or unable) to replace the original with a (free or cheap) ARM build for W10 specifically.

In addition, the Cshell project is running to use the same 'Start' system across all W10 platforms (XBox, Hololens, Mobile, Tablet and PC) to avoid having to work on them all separately.

I am ancient but use very few old programs, I am willing to forego Putty if required to gain the advantages of huge battery life and/or size/weight trade offs.

But what I really, really want, is a piece of hardware running on a very small tablet-like device with a touch screen about 15cm across with voice call capability and the very cool ability to run anything a PC will run, especially if a BT mouse/keyboard were connected.

Just gotta eke out this phone for another year.

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Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

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Re: Blaming North Korea?

> Unfortunately I think it is other tools (payroll, accounting, tax & HR software, SEO and marketing tools, photo & video processing, etc) plus cheap and easy support (local PC company) which drive them to use Windows

So, you mean common sense then.

People are not in business to avoid MS, they are in business for whatever their business is.

I work at a business with a fair few Linux boxes and Windows boxes, the people that really need it have O365 with full Office, the rest of us use the web apps with Outlook on the Windows machines.

Almost everything was done with money-saving in mind, no network, no servers, no phones, just WiFi, Google Drive and Skype.

Yet they still buy O365.

That says it all really.

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HP Inc exec: Yes, we'll put a bullet in the X3 device

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Re: UK Sales of Goods Act

Like my 950, your XL will work just fine until it doesn't.

Most of the important apps on there are UWP apps which get updated 'for free' along with their Windows 10 counterparts.

Eventually, there will be no apps at all that are not UWP ones and the old ones will be too tired and stop working, or more likely, the servers required will change their API.

Then WP10 will be dead, which is a crying shame and a sin on MSs part, shame on them.

It is also a mistake, they will always look bad for not having a mobile offering.

Unless, of course, they simply sell a Windows 10 device that is indistinguishable from a phone, and runs PC apps.

People would probably buy it because it would be supported as a PC would be, for a very, very long time.

Meanwhile, my WinPhone had 8 apps updated in the last week, and I don't have many apps (obviously).

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Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

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What could they be?

Surely all known formula(e/s) are catered for?

Is it like Quantum Coin thingys or is it simply bigger formulas; The formula for computing antenna transmission bubble shapes springs to mind from a century ago when I was at college.?

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My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

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The phone he bought is effectively that.

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The point is of course that the Android he has runs MS software.

It has Cortana, Bing search (as a default for the browser and required by Cortana I presume).

The browser is Edge, the maps and navigation are Bing/Here and all offline if desired.

Obviously Office and also Onedrive. I think the app store is MSs too but the Play store must be available or there would be no point I presume.

One can do a lot of that on stock Android of course if one desired it but the deep integration of Cortana etc. requires that MS take the source and produce their own version.

Presumably they also send telemetry and sling their own ads rather than Google's.

Dunno 'cause I still run a 950, presumably Bill wanted certain apps because I can't think of anything he gains otherwise. Either that or he broke his 950 and couldn't get a new one.

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Limp Weiner to get 21 months in the hole

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It's not that Amazing

> It's amazing how much trouble one man's cock can cause

Hitler's Dad caused serious problems with his cock.

And I can think of quite a few others.

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HP denies rumours Elite x3 is for the axe, admits coveting neighbour's OS

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Because there is almost no cost to having the mobile platform, it has the same code base and the OS is designed to run, essentially unchanged, on the hardware.

Because W10 runs on tablets, touch etc. and the Start screen are the same. Small tablets are barely different to a phone, tablets and PCs have the cellular stacks I imagine.

I also imagine the phone could have had multiple logins and such but that this is explicitly suppressed/removed.

It may also be the case that they will completely remove the Mobile-only parts and simply run full W10 on a phone platform when the ARM build of W10 is working.

That would mean having a 'phone-mode' of course, phones may run the same apps but phones work differently in other ways, albeit fewer and fewer of them. Hiding the mouse from the phone screen, which happens anyway I think if you use a PC with touch and actually use touch.

Ironically, Continuum is almost the only thing that would need to be removed, the second screen is just a second screen to a PC, different resolution perhaps but no different at otherwise.

Continuum has been ignored by MS but, even the little it does do can be useful, e.g. for showing PPs to people without using a laptop etc.

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Well, now you do.

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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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