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1569 posts • joined 24 Dec 2011

Dixons to shutter 92 UK Carphone Warehouse shops after profit warning

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Re: No surprise

Thumbs up.

Proud to say the decades I spent avoiding them since being similarly burnt by CPW have in a small way contributed to their demise.

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Ex-staffer of UK.gov dept bags payout after boss blabbed medical info to colleagues

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You don't get sacked from the DWP

It's an open secret everyone there is because they are the literal dregs of the jobs market, the living dead for whom the slightest glimmer of hope is daily and systematically drummed out of them before they get any ideas.

I remember having to prove to my manager that my pen was truly out of ink before he would issue a replacement from the stationary cupboard. I remember having to return wall clocks to their previous, and wrong, position having helpfully moved them on a Monday after they went forward/backwards, only to be told "that's an electricians job, do you want to cause a strike"? Sure enough, an hour later said robot plodded in to do the essentials. I remember a "desktop ergonomics consultant" coming round to everyone to tell them where the best place to put their coffee mat, ruler, pen and paper was on their desks.

People *have* to work there, but since it's a given the jobs and people are the last desperate scraps before the dole there's no point getting rid of any once in. You only get more of the same by way of replacement.

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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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New icon required

I propose this for anyone making such claims: https://img.memecdn.com/w-anchor_o_54030.webp

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Danish submariner sent down for life for murder of journalist Kim Wall

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You mean they didn't believe her head fell off when the hatch hit it?

Gosh. Unusually, justice really did prevail for once.

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UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

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"You just won't believe why Dragon's Den was cancelled"

Alongside a picture of one of them with a black eye.

Or how about a photo of a battered Richard Branson alongside some equally dramatic "rushed to hospital" story.

The list goes on.

To Reg readers, these are as credible as an economic forecast from Diane Abbott, but I long suspected they are being run via some offshore loophole too difficult to close, but still making money for ZuckerData, hence the bind eye being turned.

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Now IBM turns redundo gun on its Digital Business Group

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Intense Bowel Movement

From management to staff, as usual.

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Tech’s big lie: Relations between capital and labor don't matter

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Unions in which country though?

This article swerves the obvious contradiction it throws up. When everything's been offshored, how do you unionize your new peanuts sweat shops? Could it be that's one of the cynical reasons this was done in the first place?

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Java-aaaargh! Google faces $9bn copyright bill after Oracle scores 'fair use' court appeal win

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Google's biggest blunder

Not buying Sun when it had the chance. It went for $7.4bn. As things stand, Oracle got it for nowt plus a healthy surplus. See icon.

Still, we're all on Kotlin now - aren't we?

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How a QR code can fool iOS 11's Camera app into opening evil.com rather than nice.co.uk

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Not all of them: SQRL.

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No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse

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"vertical particles"?

Please. It's "virtual."

Well, it is in my universe ;-)

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Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

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Re: Oh dear

Microsoft are merely continuing the policy of their only meaningful contribution to the mobile phone industry being negative. They were forced down this route when some asshole there with zero vision rolled around laughing at the iPhone, so obliterating themselves from the future of personal computing.

I hear Bill Gates is no longer even on speaking terms with Blamer. Chuckle.

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Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

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Can't work out who is thicker

Their staff or their customers. And no, being rumbled on this latest scam doesn't change that.

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Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?

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Re: Microsoft is a toxic brand

Here's someone from Microsoft rolling around laughing, back when they were in mobile.

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Re: Microsoft is a toxic brand

"Me too" Microsoft - always joining the party just as everyone leaves.

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Re: Bob

I'm for it.

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Re: Pointless

It's 3D glasses for TV all over again.

Yeah, sure, all the family will have no problem sitting there in silence with those specs on getting headaches watching a distorted TV picture. The solution, for those hold-outs who don't get the memo, is to just keep on blindly shovelling money down the same marketing black hole. It's gotta work then, right?

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Things are different under SadNads

He knows better than to hold a funeral for his competitors way before his own product has eaten all their lunches.

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Oracle UK's profits have more than halved

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Plus, once you've invested big time and are locked in, Orrible change the goalposts every time they feel like it re licensing, with only one thing in common every time: your bill goes up.

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Re: You can only get away with a screw you attitude...

They are to databases what Blackberry were to mobiles. Sure, they worked hard to cement their position early on, and for a while seemed unassailable, but this arrogance caused them to stop innovating whilst the competition were closing in fast behind them. Now they've been overtaken, and despite a few years of comedy watching them scramble to try to keep up, know the game is over

Most java users hated Orrible before they needlessly shat all over them, so they can't even blame that for the bad sentiment towards them.

As others have pointed out, there are far better solutions around now, using any measure, and their problem, like IBM etc, is everybody damn well knows it.

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Re: Oracle... soon to follow HP

"Unfortunately for them our DBA hates Oracle with a passion and just chucks their CVs in the bin."

Fortunately, he's not alone, and an angel tinkles a bell every time it happens by way of celebration.

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Jupiter has the craziest storms seen yet, say boffins

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Pepperoni to go?

Or Hot 'n' Spicy?

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Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners

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#PayMoreGetLess

Baaa - you're bleating about it wrong.

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Google Flutter hits beta: Another go at cross-platform mobile dev

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Re: Optional

I'm reminded of the early days of java UI's, and the AWT vs Swing wars. Wasn't that exactly the same difference, i.e. one (AWT) used the UI widgets supplied in the host framework whereas the other (Swing) rendered every pixel itself?

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Neil Young slams Google, after you log in to read his rant with Google or Facebook

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Musicians Lynyrd Skynyrd have spent years having a go at Neil Young

I'm embarrased to say I only recently found out what one of my favourite tunes is all about, when I took the time to actually listen to the lyrics of Sweet Home Alabama.

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The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

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Nokia

If they'd stayed the course, this is the sort of thing they'd be launching about now.

I bet they are watching this "new" form factor sector very closely indeed!

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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

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"Remember the Kin?"

Yes Jack, I do.

Do you remember Bob, and Vista? A similar story, as my friend Metro Clippyzune would testify.

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'Without notifications Windows Phone's "Find your phone" feature won't work'

Alas, I never did see one in the wild, so nothing changes for me there. Microsoft abandoned mobile, the obvious future of personal computing, at exactly the same time the world moved over to it.

It now dances to it's arch enemies tune. Have you seen how many apps they have on the Play Store now? It tugs it's forelock every time they see them. The Beast does a little dance on it's hind legs every time they snap their fingers. I could go on, but that would be moving from comedy to cruelty.

Basil Fawlty: "Still, you know best dear."

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If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating sales 'solutions' now

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Did Warren Buffet miss the memo?

He just ditched 94.5 percent of his IBM holdings.

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IBM declares it's the 'backbone of the world's economy'

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Why the obsession with watching them circle the drain?

It was game over a decade ago. All the smart one's who could, got out back then.

Now, all the work it will do for it's customers will be from countries President Trump has a special word for.

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Re: even nVidia is bigger now

"IBM missed the boat on the ongoing revolutions in mobile and cloud computing, and it's been scrambling to adjust to the changing technology landscape ever since. Revenue has now declined in 17 consecutive quarters. Its failure to foresee the structural changes in enterprise IT also helps explain why IBM stock has underperformed the S&P 500 by roughly 75% since Rometty became CEO."

The chart of their market value against the S&P is particularly interesting.

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Re: A fine plan

Are those the countries President Trump has a special word for?

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Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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Just let this sink in.

This page, showing the history of microsofts partners in mobile, has been up since 2011.

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Tut tut tut

Seems there was no space to mention Elop being microsoft's 8th largest individual shareholder when he trojaned his way into the Nokia CEO slot, so I'll helpfully mention it now.

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You won't believe this: Nokia soars back into phone-flinger top 3

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LineageOS

Heads up for those who love the stock Android these new Nokia's sport.

Every handset I own older than 2 years is now running a custom ROM, most LineageOS, which get more frequent, and automatic, updates than those the manufacturers provide. It's what took over from Cyanogen.

Check out the device list - it even includes the PC

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"Globally in Q4, Shah estimates Nokias outsold Sony and HTC."

The recovery from their raping by the beast was long and painful, yet it didn't kill them.

I notice their new corporate anthem has 261M views, so it certainly wasn't an elop, err sorry that should have read "flop", of course.

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Cold calling director struck off for ‘flagrant’ breach of duties

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The takeaway message: It's worth the risk

You win and you're a couple of houses up, you lose and you have to get a mate to run things if you want to try again?

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IBM turns panto villain as The Reg tells readers: 'It's behind you!'

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That "decaying orbit" around IBM

Well done for not saying they are swirling round the toilet bowl, management having already flushed the handle some time ago.

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Cyber-coin crackdown continues: Commission charges couple crypto-currency company chiefs concerning 'conned' customers

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Clearly a comical currency conundrum

That do?

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IBM kills Global Technology and Global Business Services: It's all ‘IBM Services’ now

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IBM have their own cloud? Gosh.

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Devs see red after not seeing Big Red on Stack Overflow database poll

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It wasn't the entry which was missed

It was the phrase "willingly" from the question before "done", for which obviously Oracle has no place.

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It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer wrecks some AMD PCs

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Re: 2018 - the beginning of the end?

This crop of crap is a calamitous catastrophe. Clearly, the cruel conundrum caused by the callous carelessness of microsoft caught countless careful citizens chillingly.

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That putrid patch

Is particularly pissing plenty of people off. Perhaps it's punishment for their poor choice of PC OS provider. They can't be pleased with the problematic pickle they're placed in.

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Maplin Electronics CEO ups stakes for steak house

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Re: It's a crying shame......

@Davegoody

Almost word for word what I was about to write. The B&Q of electronics. Have an upvote.

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IBM lobs sueball at travel site Expedia for using some old Prodigy patents

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You forgot the icon.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

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It's great that microsoft are still making hardware

You just have to wait 6 months for the eBay firesale and the hackers to port Android over.

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IT giant CSC screwed its 1,000 sysadmins out of their overtime – jury

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Hear hear - well put sir!

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Their solution to a $5m fine?

Sack as many workers as that would cover in wages. Simples.

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Microsoft's 'Surface Phone' is the ghost of Courier laughing mockingly at fanbois

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Re: Too late

"SatNad should move over to TomTom or Garmin."

No way! He's doing a fantastic job continuing the great demolition his predecessor, Blamer, was cruelly prevented from seeing through far too soon.

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Please, please, c'mon, just... please, pretty please, just, like, please use our AI – Microsoft

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Same old Microsoft: Late to the party, "Me too!", then "please use us"

Rinse and repeat.

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IBM reminds staff not to break customers in pre-Xmas fix-this-now rush

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These "staff" you speak of

There are none left. The only employees are managers now. Managing other managers. Using big, long, complicated manager words.

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