* Posts by DrXym

4211 posts • joined 18 Jul 2007

Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

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Microsoft will go for the foot / bullet option

Any low cost Surface model will be crippled with Windows 10 S and other gimpage to differentiate them from their overpriced current models. And then they'll openly wonder why they're not selling.

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Git push origin undo-my-last-disaster

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It's not just sticking the config into source control but also that the system responds to changes in the source control as soon as you push them.

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Real fake scam offers crypto-coin to replace frequent flier points

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Yes but the important question

Can we still buy into this amazing ICO? Is there still time? After all it's backed by SEC so it must be a surefire money spinner.

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Google shoots Chrome 66's silencer after developer backlash

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Re: Options

I'd quite like an option. Choose to autoplay or not autoplay by default. Thereafter, provide options to exempt websites out of the default option.

e.g. I want videos on Netflix / Youtube to autoplay. I absolutely do not want random-American-news-website's videos to autoplay ever.

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Modern IBM

I think this is as insane as Marissa Meyer decreeing that no one is allowed "work from home".

Those kinds of decrees are designed to make work so onerous and horrible that people leave of their own accord. It's a cynical ploy to boost attrition because paying people to leave is expensive.

IBM is probably being awful for the same reasons. Put in all kinds of petty rules and restrictions and watch as people leave.

The problem for companies that do this is that all the skilled & upwardly mobile staff drain away, morale takes a dump and its only deadbeats and lifers who are left.

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Data smugglers, look at the back of the PC

If it has an eSata port, you're still good to go. Buy a small SSD and plug it in.

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T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta

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Sounds like T-Mobile want their trademark rescinded

For being overly broad.

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Commodore 64 owners rejoice: The 1541 is BACK

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Amiga disk drive

That's what I could do with an emulator for. A cable that plugs into a Raspberry Pi at one end and a standard PC floppy drive at the other and reads stuff off Amiga formatted disks. I have some old projects on floppies in the cupboard and it would nice to be able to salvage them.

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Petty PETA rapped by judges over monkey selfie copyright stunt

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PETA should sue the monkey

Attention whoring is their job

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While Zuck squirmed, Reddit revealed it found and killed 944 Russian troll factory accounts

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Re: A little bit too late to matter

"again.. not provable."

It's called the preponderance of evidence. In the French election for example, the opponent Marine le Pen's party was bankrolled by Russian banks and parroting Russian friendly rhetoric. And then lo and behold a few days before the election, a phony leaked document purports to show Macrons hidden offshore accounts and Le Pen slanders him by repeating it. And then you have a twitter army reinforcing this message.

In Catalonia you have swarms of twitter bots and prominent Russian fronts like RT and Assange pushing separatist messages.

In Brexit you have UKIP employing Cambridge Analytica (where have I heard that name before?), and another Putin lover Farage popping up. All lovingly accompanied by swarms of twitter bots pushing anti immigration and other divisive messages.

And then you have the US where the microscope has demonstrated beyond doubt that Russia was involved.

A reasonable person would conclude Russian interference. And no, the "you too" argument is not a reasonable defence.

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A little bit too late to matter

These online social media services should have had their eyes open during the election not afterwards. Not just the US election either, but any national election or referendum of import. For example there were strong suspicions of Russian interference in the French presidential election, Brexit and Catalonia's independence referendum.

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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

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Re: The problem with this idea

"Hell, if that gives me an unterrupted night's sleep on a US-Europe flight I'm in!"

Sleep, or possibly a nightmare from which you can never awake.

The idea reminds me of a Steven King short story called The Jaunt. Somebody invented an instant teleportation device but you have to be unconscious before you can go through it, otherwise you experience eternity and go mad. I'm sure Ryanair are keenly examining how to monetize this service if it ever becomes a reality.

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The problem with this idea

If you have beds where the cargo should be then you have no space to put the cargo. That might mean bags but also any other freight that passenger aircraft routine carry when they have capacity.

Maybe the solution is to knock everyone out before they board and revive them on the other side. Then there is no need for toilets, food, entertainment, overhead luggage compartments, bins, or most of the flight crew. Stack them up on pallets 3 high and load/unload them up on a forklift. (joke)

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Huawei P20 Pro: Triple-lens shooter promises the Earth ...

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EMUI

It could be the best hardware in the world but when it's running EMUI the phone may as well stink of fish. I really don't understand the obsession with modifying the vanilla Android experience so drastically and for such pointless reasons. Tweak the UI if you must, adding a few buttons, tweaking the taskbar's notch, make the camera app better etc. But reinventing the launcher, dialler and god knows what else for the sake of reinvention? Simply pointless.

EMUI is just a top heavy user interface filled with non-standard weirdness and duplicated functionality. And it means the phone gets less updates.

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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Re: I call fake news....

Microsoft wouldn't implement a feature unless they have a every intent of putting it into the final product. The only think likely to stop them doing it is if they think they'll get in legal trouble for doing it.

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Lawsuit time

Even today they're desperate to get people to use Edge.

I set up a new laptop yesterday, installing Firefox as one of the first acts. When I went to switch the default browser to Firefox in the settings, a popup appeared asking if I really wanted to not use Edge because it was great. No it isn't. It's kind of shit actually.

The EU really needs to kick Microsoft hard in the balls, or enormous fines (whichever is legally permissible) until they get the message and stop interfering with people's choice of browser.

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Hey girl, move a little closer. 'Cause you're too gun shy. Hush, hush, bye says Pai

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Now we need an ISP to troll the NRA

Charge people $1 an hour to stream NRA TV or visit their doman. Why? Because no net neutrality is good right?

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Gits club GitHub code tub with record-breaking 1.35Tbps DDoS drub

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A few minutes

Well that was worth it then.

Besides which, Git is distributed so the worst that happened was some people couldn't push or pull commits for a bit.

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Tor pedo's torpedo torpedoed: FBI spyware crossed the line but was in good faith, say judges

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Re: My sympathy meter is broken

"Nice misdirection !!!"

No, it's a statement of fact. Unless you were visiting this site, your rights were not infringed. The FBI weren't tracking you because they had no reason to. If you WERE visiting this site then you were committing a crime and the FBI and every other law enforcement agency in the world is empowered to find out who you are in order to prosecute you. And so it was they stuck a bit of code into the site to get an IP address. Boo hoo.

There is no misdirection necessary here. Stop pretending this is a violation of rights. It isn't. And as I've mentioned elsewhere this is not limited to the FBI. Here you may see the image that visitors to Hansa saw after it was closed - the Dutch cops telling people that their IPs were logged, their bitcoins seized, their passwords & PGP keys logged and so on.

https://www.europol.europa.eu/sites/default/files/images/editor/hansa.jpg

When you visit a site to conduct illegal activity you forfeit any right to privacy.

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Re: My sympathy meter is broken

"Only under U.S. law would it be "legal". In theory, if one of them ever showed up in another country where such alleged hacking took place, the FBI guy responsible for the hacking could STILL be arrested for it, "over there"."

Not true in the slightest. Dutch police took over the dark web Hansa (similar to Silk Road) using similar techniques and arrested a bunch of people.

From their own press release "This involved taking covert control of Hansa under Dutch judicial authority a month ago, which allowed Dutch police to monitor the activity of users without their knowledge, and then shutting down AlphaBay during the same period."

Visiting these sites self selects people for monitoring.

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Re: My sympathy meter is broken

"It's always the worst of society that are used to justify infringing on the rights of everyone else."

Except everyone else's rights weren't infringed. This creep and others like him were in the commission of a crime by explicitly and intentionally visiting a specific site dealing in child pornography. The expectation of privacy has almost no legal merit for these people. Clearly the judge felt so too.

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My sympathy meter is broken

It's interesting that paedophile who views and trades pictures of children being raped and abused feels that it is his rights that were violated.

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iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

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Re: Presumably Android would have to be tweaked...

The Essential phone (running Android) has its own notch. Arguably does a better job with the design too although the phones are pretty pricey and have other issues.

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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Interviewing someone for LBC makes for a good cover story. Doesn't explain why Farage of all people was in communication with Assange.

Especially as Farage is the UK's #1 toady bum kisser to Trump. And Trump of course really like himself some wikileaks. Kind of suspicious.

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Face, face, face! Apple, TrueDepth and a nose-driven iPhone X game

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Tech lurching from unnecessary use to another

Kinect was premised on two very shaky assumptions.

1. That people wanted a glorified EyeToy.

2. That games that use motion controls are desirable and more fun that those played with regular controls.

Neither assumption was correct. The EyeToy sold well as a peripheral but it didn't exactly set the world on fire. And motion controlled games tend to be terrible, limited to things like dance / fitness and dumb mini games.

On top of that, Microsoft overpromised, pretending the system could recognize faces, track skeletons, even track individual fingers even of up to 4 people. Some demos like "Milo" merely suggested the system even had speech recognition, natural language processing and could recognize expressions and mood.

Then when it was eventually crapped out it could barely recognize somebody flailing their arms around or pretending to be holding a steering wheel.

Undaunted, Microsoft shoved an updated version into the XBox One, whether people wanted it or not and nearly killed their new console stone dead.

So yeah.

I don't see the tech being much use in the iPhone X either. It's there to justify the high price, not because it offers some substantial benefit. I suppose it's great you can unlock a phone by looking at the phone (cheaper phones have a similar feature), but the security is terrible and most people would still prefer to use a fingerprint or pin.

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Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss

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Re: They'll get there eventually

Well quite. Never buy version 1 of anything. Anyone working in software or hardware development should know this implicitly.

No new vehicle ever rolls out with all its faults, bugs and quality issues sorted. Even with extensive testing, the manufacturer won't even know what they all are until people start crashing their cars, having them repaired / serviced etc.

Tesla is in a worse situation than most because it's rushing out a vehicle without an automated production line and with a hard deadline. They've never had a good reputation for quality and there are reports of quailty issues in the new vehicle. Eventually they'll sort it but the early adopters are basically paying for a beta quality vehicle.

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They'll get there eventually

The model 3 appears to be a fundamentally sound car. I sure as hell wouldn't want to be an early adopter while they sort out their build quality issues though.

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FBI slams secret Nunes memo alleging Feds spied on Team Trump for political reasons

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Re: The really ridiculous part of this

The joke is that every suspects Carter Page of being a spy. Even Carter Page suspects Carter Page of being a spy.

He was under surveillance long before the Steele report, and there is no reason to suppose that his continued surveillance wouldn't have happened whether his name was in that report or not.

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Google slaps mute button on stupid ads that nag you to buy stuff you just looked at

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Autoplay videos are a pox

Every US news website does this BS and it's so annoying. If I want to watch the video I will click to the play the video. It's bad enough that it plays the video without asking, but then if I scroll down they'll put the video in a little floating frame and it will follow me all the way down the page.

And if that's not enough, when the video finishes, it'll start playing another video.

Just STOP IT.

Autoplay should be a whitelist. The browser shouldn't autoplay anything from a site unless I've granted that site permission to do so. Default to off.

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Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled;

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Code formatters often remove them

I write semicolons out of force of habit since most C-like languages require them. But when I run a code formatter, one of the rules will normally strip out the unnecessary ones.

Personally though I think this is symptomatic of the dog's dinner that is Java / ECMAscript. Poorly thought out legacy behaviour that keeps biting people on the ass even to this day. See also the difference between null and undefined - if null was a billion dollar mistake I wonder how much of a mistake undefined is. Or the laughable scope rules for var. Or the difference between == and ===. Or the binding (or not) of this. And a million and one stupid other things.

I'm glad that WebAssembly is a thing now. In time it will provide a choice for web development which doesn't involve writing directly or indirectly (via Typescript / Coffeescript et al) in Javascript. Let Javascript go back to what it was supposed to be in the first place - glue.

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WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

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Entirely self inflicted

Everything that has happened to Assange, including his self imposed stay in an embassy is completely self-inflicted. I don't see that Ecuador, the UK, Sweden, or the USA should have a shred of sympathy for his plight.

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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Re: Hyperbole aplenty

Project Natal, aka Kinect was another one.

Microsoft released a load of demos ranging from plausible all the way up to outright bullshit lies. The worst was "Milo", a virtual boy who you could talk to through Kinect. It merely implied that Kinect had natural language processing, facial recognition, mood recognition and AI.

None of which was true. Turns out it was all faked. Even many of the "live" demos were choreographed and turned out to be fake.

When Kinect eventually turned up it did so in an emasculated form that could barely register exagerated arm flailing motions with any accuracy. Unsurprisingly it sold well from the built-up hype and then sank like a stone.

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Also doesn't answer the question - WHY

What is it that AR does that justifies walking around like a dork wearing this headset and colostomy bag?

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Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

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Class action, here we come

If the phone could operate more slowly to preserve battery then there is no reason it couldn't ask the user whether to do this or not.

Apple might make the excuse it's to "save battery life" but the more likely reason is to hasten the phone's obsolescence. If the phone gets slower then people are more likely to buy a new one. Same reason they seal the batteries in.

It's funny how Apple, alleged masters of design, can't design a phone where the battery can be replaced by the user simply and cheaply.

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OnePlus 5 x T + five short months = Some p*ssed off fanboys

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I'm okay with my 5

I could do without the "jelly" issue but it's not a major annoyance. The phone itself is well designed, very thin and performs well. My biggest beef is I wish that the phone OS was still Cyanogen / LineageOS because I miss just being able to block an app using GPS or whatever else it wanted for egregious reasons.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Works fine for me

The only glitch I've see is that tabs look a bit weird in Windows 10 with a gap on the left. Pages load very quickly and I expect performance will improve even more as more stuff is parallelized.

I develop in Rust (and C, C++ and other stuff) and it's really good to see this stuff working in such a visible product. Rust is an effective way of writing much safer code without compromising on performance or speed.

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Windows on ARM: It's nearly here (again)

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Utterly, utterly pointless

"Hooray now I can run a subset of Windows software at a fraction of the speed of an x86 computer!"

Said nobody ever.

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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The dark web is a blessing for the cops

I've got to laugh at these dark web stories because the outcomes are so predictable. Einstein here probably thought he was ordering a bomb from a terrorist but in reality it was a honey pot site or a cop posing as a seller. Then all the UK police had to do was deliver the phony bomb and wait for him to pick it up. Case closed.

The dummies who use the sites think they're safe but in reality they're drawing more heat on themselves than they think. It must be like shooting fish in the barrel for the cops.

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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Not the way to go about it

I realise Logitech needs to make money and maybe these devices are at the end of their commercial life. But actively selling remaining stock while simultaneously working to kill it off is just a terrible dickish thing to do.

The correct way is to discontinue sales, wait a reasonable amount of time and then give another period of grace for discontinuation. And discontinuation means just the cloud stuff, then they should preserve any functionality the device is still capable of. e.g. if the device can still work as an AV hub, or an IR channel switcher.

And if they wanted to be cool about it they'd even release keys that allowed people to write their own apps that talked with the device, or even keys to hack the now-obsolete device to do something else.

Maybe in so doing, it might make Logitech seem like they cared about their customers instead of fleecing them as they sell them a duff device.

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Julian Assange says Cambridge Analytica asked WikiLeaks for something

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It's funny

Trump was exhorting his love for wikileaks throughout the campaign and begging them to release more emails. In addition, Roger Stone (a slimy GOP operative) was making contact with Assange to get Hillary's emails. Then it turns out Cambridge Analytica (another part of the Trump campaign) was making contacts with Assange for emails. And then we have stories like Matt Tait who was asked by another GOP operative to hack Hillary's emails. Then we have Trump Jr meeting Russians about Hillary's emails.

It's almost like there is a conspiracy here or something. Let's be clear too - opposition research is a normal thing in US politics and legal. Conspiring with agents of foreign adversaries, and hacking is extremely illegal.

And on the day that this new Assange contact dropped, Russia, Breitbart and a bunch of media outlets start screaming in unison about who funded the dossier. Almost like it was coordinated or something. The troll farms in Russia must be working over time to combat every revelation. It's starting to all sound a bit desperate.

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

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Great but

What's the point of a version of Windows that doesn't run the majority of Windows software? Even if they shove in an x86 emulator capable of running some software, the performance and the battery will fall through the floor, negating the reason for using ARM in the first place.

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Australian senator Pauline Hanson wants devilish scam calls to flash '666'

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Pauline Hanson

The upper bits of her mind have clearly been masked off. Awful person.

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Q. Why's Oracle so two-faced over open source? A. Moolah, wonga, dosh

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Well that makes no sense

Let's also not forget that Oracle's experience with open source has been pretty toxic. Oracle straight up lifted RHEL to sell as their own. And their stewardship of OpenOffice, Hudson and Mysql was so moribund that the devs forked the code and decamped.

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

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Re: And yet

"Let's keep some perspective here. Windows 10 S turns into Windows 10 Pro with a mouse-click and reboot. "

Which more or less illustrates it is crippleware doesn't it?

Microsoft are crippling their own operating system under the guise of an "educational" version of Windows when the vastly more likely reason is they want to shove people into their store and through their browser whether they want it or not.

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And yet

Despite all this navel gazing, Microsoft are still engaging in dumb exercises such as Windows 10 S - shipping premium hardware at a premium price with crippled versions of the operating system.

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Lenovo spits out retro ThinkPads for iconic laptop's 25th birthday

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Serviceability

I've used a few Thinkpads and the biggest attraction of them was the fact that if something broke you could order a replacement part. And aside from that they were quite rugged with nice lids that closed shut properly. The red nipple thing was and still is vastly easier to use for precision than a touchpad.

I wonder if this is true for the Thinkpad 25 or if it's going to break if you look at it sideways and the whole lot has to be junked.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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"In the next decade"

I'm sure the smallprint says "where the next decade refers to 2020-2030 as opposed to 2027".

Even an extra 3 years is generous given we're talking about designing, prototyping, testing and building a large body passenger aircraft in an untested configuration. Not just the aircraft itself but all the construction facilities and all the infrastructure that airports would need to service and operate them.

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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

DrXym

Boo hoo for Uber

For some reason they thought the rules and regulations only apply to other people. Turns out they were wrong.

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BlackBerry's QNX to run autonomous car software

DrXym

The usability or lack thereof of a car's infotainment software is largely unrelated to the kernel underneath. Any modern kernel running on a decent SoC should be capable of delivering an excellent experience. It's a matter of supreme unimportance if there is a Linux, QNX, BSD or NT kernel under it all.

And if the car doesn't deliver an excellent experience, blame it on the software developers or the car manufacturer. I've seen a number of cars where the stingy buggers equipped their systems with resistive low res displays and sluggish SoCs and didn't even have the good grace to stick some physical buttons and knobs next to it for the common stuff. Hardly any surprise when the experience turns out to be awful.

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GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

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Been down this road before

We've been down this road many times before with WebOS, FirefoxOS, MeeGo, Tizen etc.

People care about the general usability of the device as a phone, planner, messaging platform etc. as well as the availability of the apps they want to use on it - maps, Youtube, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter etc.

It's an issue of little importance if the kernel or the software over the top is free as in libre or not. What matters is that the device does the stuff they bought it for.

If this "freedom oriented" smartphone expects to go anywhere it had better remember that. Even in the absence of apps, the most important part is getting the user experience right. It's great that Debian is underneath it and all but if the gui sucks then it sucks regardless.

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