156 posts • joined 16 May 2015
Microsoft have handled this in a cack-handed way but it looks like they're exploring the concept of Office 365 for free (with ads). This business model certainly seems to work for Google, Facebook, etc.
The target markets they mentioned are presumably places where few users are actually paying for the current product.
Re: Pretty obvious
Cortana is on Windows 10 Mobile and can't be disabled. Shame they don't sell phones any more. I have one and it works extremely well, with monthly updates of the OS.
That said, I'm still mostly using Windows 7 on PC's but Cortana has now intruded itself into Skype. At least there's a way do refuse its Suggestions.
It reminds me of when a friend asked me to look at his Windows PC to find out why is was dog slow plus other oddities.
As I would normally do, run antimalware, run chkdsk, run Disk Cleanup.
Oops. he kept his important files in the Recycle Bin on the basis that nobody would look for them there.
We managed to recover some files using undelete tools.
I got blamed, of course.
Revenue (a.k.a. turnover) is already taxed. It's called VAT.
None of this grandstanding considers the obvious counter-strategies the digital companies will adopt.
All companies with shareholders are duty-bound to minimise their costs. One of the ways to do this is to use the existing laws in legal ways.
Until the OECD including Brussels and Washington can agree on a new taxation strategy there will be no real change.
You don't think the companys will trim their profit margin, do you?
Everybody is paying VAT on purchases, so it's not as if the purchasers are buying stuff tax free.
The UK won't get this tax to fly until the OECD creates a level playing field. Now that the USA has reduced its headline corporation tax, there's a chance for this to happen.
Shareholders will be the ones paying any new tax, significant numbers of which are pension funds.
There is no money tree. Ultimately, it's us who pay for all government spending.
Re: Files are not testimony
In all cases, the accused is being forced to assist the accuser.
This is the underlying basis of the fifth amendment.
That's utterly different from searching a residence.
The basis of this particular case revolves around whether the authorities are looking for specific evidence that they have good reason to believe is present on the device or whether they're simply conducting a fishing expedition seeing what they can find.
I've used every version of Windows since 3.0, DOS before that and Mainframe since 1967, etc. Windows 7 edged out Windows 2000 (didn't like XP) and Windows 10 can be tamed without much effort.
I'd like to drop Xbox but only Cortana annoys me. Telemetry doesn't worry me too much as the UK is such a surveilance state already that nobody has any secrets any more. The ad-flingers don't impact me much as I de-personalise Firefox and don't actually *see* the ads anyway.
Re: Why are ICs always in large packages, how is this dot powered?
You pose an interesting challenge. There is a huge amount of energy of all sorts sloshing around inside a computer. Vibration/noise, electromangnetic hum, etc. The antenna could be the motherboard itself, the chassis, the earth lead.
Then again, there are easier ways to do this.
I prefer the story that it's a what-if that's been converted to a this-happened. Maybe the real motive is to reduce the trust and thereby the usage of Chinese computer equipment.
Re: Let them pay
You're confusing manufacturer's warranty with third-party extended warranty via the shop.
I've never paid for extra insurance but I know people who do and have successfully claimed on it during the period. I also know of people who *accidentally* find the device has stopped working when it's approaching the end of the warrenty or extended warrenty period.
It depends on your attitude to insurance and how hard you are on your equipment.
Re: Astonishing isn't it
The problem with calling the company is that you reach a call centre who can't deal with your account.
You need to go round in circles until it gets escalated to the relevant finance team. This may even need to be raised as a formal dispute and involve the company appointed ombudsman, who will have the power to check the facts and chase the finance team.
When I went down this path the ombudsman judged in my favour but the finance team then produced incorrect information to cancel what the ombudsman said. Only a second session with the ombudsman resulted in me being correctly treated.
At that point the operator decided to pay me the refund but then chose to cancel the contract with immediate effect.
Unless the government decides to fund the BBC directly, thereby making those of us who don't need a licence to pay into the fund.
The BBC is quite capable of funding itself through advertising. It happily does this for all of its overseas businesses. Channel 4 is owned by the government but doesn't receive a subsidy.
I received the letter, contacted them by phone and explained that I have various equipment such as a screen, laptop and smartphone, each of which is capable of being used to watch broadcast television.
As the current rule is that one must watch broadcast television or use iPlayer to view BBC output, being capable of watching is not the same as actually watching.
I don't watch television but do use a Sky box to listen to radio.
I now have a letter from them titled "Your No Licence Needed confirmation".
At no time did I give my name.
Don't forget that Pluto was discovered by an American. Losing "planet" status meant loss of face.
Since it is about one sixth of the mass of the Moon and 0.2% of the earth, it's not a major planet. Labelling Pluto, Eris etc as minor or dwarf planets, or "plutoids" seems a fair compromise.
Invoking "personal privacy" is complete nonsense. They're an organisation, not an individual. The reason they withhold the number is that they don't want you to be able to call them and reach the correct department. Much better to leave you to call the main number and fight your way through layers of menus and verbiage.
I've had legitimate calls from withheld numbers. I know they're legitimate because it's in response to an issue I'd raised and was expecting a call-back.
Even my bank tried that and asked me for security details. I explain that I never give security details to anyone who calls me, only to people I've called. In most cases they fully understand this. I can only think of one example, where I had terminated a mobile phone contract. Their number was not withheld but was unrecognised by my phone's address book. The guy got very annoyed when I refused to give any security details. On looking up the number later, it was their outsourced "retention team".
Re: Customers are (slightly) more savvy and the technology isn't moving as quickly
At end of contract, simply ask for the PAC to move your number to a different provider. They won't put you on to the porting team but to the retention team. Insist that you want to leave and eventually they'll offer you a much better deal. If they don't, you could always switch providers or even look what the best new deal is from your existing one.
Make sure you've done your research first (as always).