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Microsoft antics
Authored by: IMANAL_TOO on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 05:11 AM EST
From ocks-directx-11-1-to-win-8/:
Itís been a while since Microsoft pulled the olí Ďoh no, this new version of DirectX couldnít possibly work on earlier versions of Windowsí scamgasm, but as the relatively friendly age of Windows 7 is overshadowed by the dawning of the firmís desperate desire to make Windows 8 a cross-platform goliath/software shop, an old habit has returned. The next version of DirectX might be a purely iterative one, but if you ever look a game that requires DirectX 11.1 youíll be looking at a game that wonít run on Windows 7 or earlier.
May I remind all parties that DirectX doesn't work on Android or iOS, where Android has more than 73 % of the mobile market. The mobile market is also eating into the desktop market...

If I'm not entirely mistaken, Microsoft is killing itself actually launching that horrible foetus later named Windows 8. Here is one remark:
I donít know if Microsoft anticipated that Windows 8 would be an instant hit. But itís such a radical departure from any version of Windows before it that Iím not the least bit surprised by the possibility that relatively few consumers are rushing to be early adopters.
With some luck there will be more foot shot opportunities here.



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Windows 8 sales below projections
Authored by: marcosdumay on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 11:52 AM EST
It's funny tht the author calls the new 4 core, 1 - 1.5GHz ARMs with 2GB of RAM
"resource constrained". Is that how Windows focused people think?

Altough my desktops are better than that (I brought them for cientific
computing), my laptop is bellow those specs, and except when testing the
simulations I brought the desktops to run, it's really fast enough.

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Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 12:56 PM EST
PJ: People died in that storm. Life is a Constitutional right as well, one that trumps the right to do business any way you feel like it, one would hope.

That's the narcissistic (or worse) attitude of large corporations towards their customers. For them running a business is not about adding value for customers, it's about adding value for executives and shareholders. Had they worked for their customers their attitude would have been better.

Perhaps VAT should not be on sales but on bonuses and dividends, the receivers of those seem to be the real customers.

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Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy
Authored by: squib on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 02:56 PM EST
Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy.. I'm going to go off at a tangent at what PJ said in the hope that it joins up.

Up until about the 15 century in England, the populace was going
between times of plenty and starvation. Then something happen.
'Fat' was built into the food supply. If 2 or 3 years of bad harvests
came about, their was a adequate supply of 'seed' for the
populace to re-plant and pick themselves up again.

Going off at a tangent again. In the UK we have National Health
Insurance. Another form of 'fat'. If the 'bread-winner' becomes ill, it
no longer means that his children loses out on higher education. It
means that their children can then go on to being productive
members of the society.

We (in the UK) consider the US claim that compulsory 'health
insurance' is 'socialism/communism' rather odd as the benefits to
the Nation are obvious.

Right. Lets stop now beating around the bush and address 'Sandy.'

In the UK we have a tradition of putting a little money away for a
'rainy day' . We build 'fat' into our life plan. No-one over forty can
say that they did not need to call on those funds to pick themselves
back up after a rainy day.... and wasn't Sandy a rainy day!

Civilisation is about building 'fat' into our society so in the event
of a natural catastrophe we can cope and recover.

Good development of communications in ancient times made
Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome etc., great

Good and reliable communication is the foundation of any
viable civilisation.

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Cell phones cannot be 100% reliable
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 04:15 PM EST
We can legislate that the telephone companies make cell phone coverage perfect
100% of the time, but no one can afford that. There are towers in major
metropolitan areas, and they rely on infrastructure to work. Power, and network
connections have to be there. Stuff happens, winds blow, the rain comes, and
stuff breaks.

Was the land line 100% reliable, no. I remember snow storms that knocked out the
land line phones. People died, and stuff happens.

Go somewhere like
nUIm_HqXzwQHDi4CwCA&pw=2">Silvergate MT</a>

Spotty coverage at best, probably nothing to rely on. People live very well
there, but a half dozen tourists are killed there every winter in avalanches.

There are other options. Ham radio is quite reliable, if you prepare. Have
portable antennas and power supplies. If you need help, there are resources.

Make the preparations you need, and then adapt.

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Does Apple's HTC Patents Settlement Doom The Samsung Case?
Authored by: squib on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 07:00 PM EST
Does Apple's HTC Patents Settlement Doom The Samsung Case?
According to the TWSE, foreign institutional investors served as net buyers of 2.51 million HTC shares Thursday.
The maxiumum rise in one day the the exchange allows - 7 % - the sahre price reached that limit of 7% - in one trading day!... in contrast to a history of a long fall off in value.

And then 'suddenly' Apple settled. Wow, that was lucky for for those foreign institutional investors wasn't it. Look at the dates! 9th November 2012. Oh, do I smell Sushi ! Of course not Ė just coincidence. Even Apple would not be that stupid.

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Court Orders Password Turnover and In Camera Review of Social Media Accounts
Authored by: JamesK on Sunday, November 18 2012 @ 04:58 PM EST
Do servers actually store real passwords these days? I thought they generally
used a hash of the password which should be extremely difficult to reverse back
into a password.

The following program contains immature subject matter.
Viewer discretion is advised.

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:-( BBC
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 06:59 AM EST
BBC Future (international version)
We're sorry but this site is not accessible from the UK as
it is part of our international service and is not funded by
the licence fee. It is run commercially by BBC Worldwide, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of the BBC, the profits made from it
go back to BBC programme-makers to help fund great new BBC
programmes. You can find out more about BBC Worldwide and
its digital activities at

If you are looking for health, technology, science and
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Health, Technology, Science and Environment.

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  • Cutting Both Ways - Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 02:35 PM EST
WinPhone8 OS flakey
Authored by: Gringo_ on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 07:24 AM EST

Seems the new WinPhone8 OS was rushed out the door before it was ready...

Early adopters of Windows Phone 8 hardware are complaining that it reboots at random, up to several times a day, and that they're not being offered any prospect of a quick fix.

The complaints relate specifically to the HTC 8X and, to a lesser extent, Nokia's Lumia 920, with Windows Phone 8 locking up or randomly rebooting on both devices for no discernible reason. Forum users on and WPCentral have been gathering examples in an attempt to narrow down the problem, but with limited success. The forums run to seven pages, and are joined by those at Nokia where users report similar problems.

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Pattently apple
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 05:35 PM EST

Really, we are linking to a website with apple in it's name posting a pro-apple
article about the ongoing Apple Samsung feud. I only read the part that was
coppied onto groklaw not wanting to give them more clicks, but that alone seemed

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