* Posts by Philippe

344 posts • joined 27 Sep 2007

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EU General Court tears up ban on Three slurping O2. Good thing the latter's not set to merge with Virgin Media, eh?

Philippe

Re: Just as well

Are you in Bedfordshire by any chance.

O2 at home is pants, my son on Three gets crazy speed.

HMD Global pokes head out of quarantine to show off 3 new Nokia mobiles

Philippe

Re: Shipping a new device with MicroUSB?

The Nokia 1.3 is not "aimed at parts of the world where micro USB is the current technology".

it's an entry level smartphone available everywhere just like the Nokia1 and Nokia 1 Plus before it.

micro-USB needs to die.

Brits may still be struck by Lightning, but EU lawmakers vote for bloc-wide common charging rules

Philippe

Re: Yet the same Apple

Other manufacturers are releasing new format a lot more than Apple does.

For instance, Lightning has been out since 2012. When it launched, Tim Cook said that it was there for the next 10 years, bringing us to September 2022.

Apple has already started to transition Macs (since 2015) and iPad (since 2018) to USB-C.

I expect the iPhone 14 to move to USB-C no matter the decision of the EU parliament.

Ultimately moving to USB-C will generate a lot of e-waste, and will make innovation harder.

Politicians should stay out of discussing standards.

The Curse of macOS Catalina strikes again as AccountEdge stays 32-bit

Philippe

We've had warnings forever as users.

I have been getting messages for years about upgrading to a new version of Adobe Acrobat Pro.

I've only done it because Catalina said "NO", and I need the bloody thing once a month.

These guys are developers, I buy software for a living and I understand their pain, but seriously, siting on your arse for thirty years?

At some stage you've got to upgrade your code, launch something new if it's too much work, or just retire. Looks like they chose option 3.

Philippe

Re: How can it take MULTIPLE YEARS to go 64 bit?

Well, 1 bit a year would do that.

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls

Philippe

There is a W7 update bypass tool.

Microsoft will continue to provide updates to companies which pay for it. The way Windows Updates on 7 will work going forward is by checking if you have the "extended support license " installed. If you don't, the updates won't install

There is already a bypass tool out there for it so that you can pass the check. It's not 100% as it doesn't let you update using the Windows Update tool anymore but you can update manually.

This should give people another 3 years to upgrade to 10 or do something else.

Windows 7 and Server 2008 end of support: What will change on 14 January?

Philippe

W10 LTSC 2019

LTSC has been my solution to this nonsense.

No Store, no games, no tiles, no telemetry, no force reboots, no UI changes.

You just get the critical updates and you choose when to install them.

Total bliss.

Shhh! It's us, Microsoft. Yes, it's 2020. We're here with a new build of Windows 10

Philippe

Re: Too Slow

Is there a reason why you haven't installed that USB Linux on the hard drive yet?

My Wife's computer has been on Xubuntu for at least 2 years. I work in IT, I can't be arsed to deal with IT support in the evening too.

Philippe

ISO8601

Thanks, I just realised that the Japanese system is how I date contracts.

At least when you list them in Explorer they come up in the right order.

ISO8601 is officially my favourite ISO.

Microsoft takes us to 2004 with new Windows 10 so you don't mistake it for Server 2003

Philippe

LTSC?

You, my friend, are ready for Windows 10 LTSC.

No start menu, no telemetry, no Edge, no Apps, no interface or "features" changes for 2 years.

You just get Windows 10 and security updates.

It has been ultimate bliss since I moved over to it at the end of last year. I thoroughly recommend it.

WTF? Apple iPhones shrank by more than $22bn in fiscal '19

Philippe
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Re: The Thrill Is Gone

Who on Earth was still using an iPhone 4 (a 10 years old phone) in 2019, and then exchange it for an iPhone X (a 2 years old phone)?

Troll harder.

Belgian city slurps mobile data to track visitors

Philippe

Just a "Really?" kind of scheme.

They're just shocked that there is anyone there. It makes sense to try and understand whether the tourists got lost or were forced to visit.

All three of the Insiders on Arm64 can now muck about with Windows Subsystem for Linux 2

Philippe

Re: Power-ful

What about MIPS? Where is my MIPS build?

It's now officially the WhackBook Pro: If the keyboards weren't bad enough, now MacBook Pro batts are a fire risk

Philippe

This is not the Macbook Pro with the butterfly keyboard.

The whole article is based on the assumption that both keyboard and battery are borked on the Macbook Pro 15 inch, hence it's a lemon.

They have idenitifed some 2015-17 Macbook Pro 15 inch having problems. Thosare totally different laptops.

As for the Keyboard problems on the new generation launch at the end of 2016, it has been addressed with a new generation a year of the "butterfly" mechanism.

Apple over-engineered themselves into a hole with it but it's definitely not a lemon.

Philippe

It was $25

They won't announce a $50 charge like the 6S because it was a $25 charge.

Thanks for playing.

And here's Intel's Epyc response: Up-to 56-core, 4GHz 14nm second-gen Xeon SP chips, Agilex FPGAs, persistent mem

Philippe

Re: But can it run Crysis?

Crysis? That's nothing. Try and run Vista on this thing.

If at first you don't succeed, you may be trying to install that Slow Ring Windows 10 build

Philippe

Re: Does anyone bother with Windows anymore ?

My company which is quite a big M$ chill and probably one of the first to roll out W10 left right and centre has simply added Macs as a standard employees offering due to the sheer number of issues.

Hearing about people having problems on Windows 10 is now an expected backgroung noise at the office.

So. To the question we really wanted answering: How real is 5G?

Philippe

6G

I think I'll do like Trump and wait for 6G.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

Philippe

Re: @mark l 2 - Tere's simply no rational reasons to run ARM servers.

I thought "nuking it from space" was the only way to be sure?

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

Philippe

32GB HP Monstruosities

There is a special place in Hell for manufacturers offering laptops with 32Gb of eMMC and 2GB of RAM.

They share the space with lawyers, and GDPR consultants.

Not a price cut! Apple perks up soggy iPhone demand with rebate boost

Philippe

Re: iPhone SE

If you couldn't work out how to send a picture to yourself or use iCloud, then the phone isn't the issue.

Philippe

Analyst reports?

We've been getting the same type of apocalyptic analysis every December for the last 4 years or so.

The reports get more and more bleak until February 1st when Apple announce their income numbers and the share price goes through the roof.

This time around however, the reports started mid November instead, Apple has re-implemented Black Friday deals, and they are cutting prices in Japan and now supporting US sales.

Looks like for the first time ever, analysts could be onto something. The slowdown in the smartphone market is now catching up to Apple.

My only bit of non scientific input is that I manage IT buying for my company, and strangely, my supplier has run out of iPhone 8 last week. Looks like demand is indeed strong on the 8 versus the XR.

Finally if you want to trade-in a phone, there are tons of online vendors which will give you a lot more cash than Apple for these devices.

Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned

Philippe

Re: 2000 quid?

I did say "just in the UK", this is a global roll out involving 3000 of the things, and yes other devices were tested over 3 months by test users in several countries.

They all said "iPad" at the end of the test.

Philippe

Re: 2000 quid?

Nobody is forcing you to buy a fully specced one.

£799 will get you an 11 tablet more powerful than many laptops sold at the same price.

People spend close to £2000 for a MS Surface Pro, they run Office on it, nobody called them "idiots"..

I have 200 Engineers in my firm just here in the UK using iPad Pros with dedicated applications and none of them could be called "idiot".

There are different products for different needs, and different prices.

Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

Philippe

Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

You should try finance making engineering decisions. That's quite good too.

Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

Philippe

Re: I already hate smartphones, this Bixby isn't going to make it better

Nokia 8110 is your friend.

Enterprise Windows 10 users, Microsoft has some 'quality' patches coming your way

Philippe

Re: Windows 10 "Enterprise" LOL

Actually, not having Office running on it is probably one more reason to use it.

The current version is dated 2016 which feels a bit long in the tooth. Although it's expressly not for desktop use I expect the 2018 version to allow for Office to run.

I'll continue to use a mix of iCloud and Office online in any case.

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

Philippe

Re: If only!

"Creative Update my arse!"???

Not at all, there is so much creativity invested in making the users' life a misery before.

Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

Philippe

Re: HS2 and the Galileo replacement

Don't be too harsh on him. He's a Brexiter. Everything is simple or someone else fault for a Brexiter

Philippe

Re: HS2 and the Galileo replacement

On which planet does the IMF is buying out the EU?

The IMF together with the EU provided funds to some of the bails out to Greece, they are not part of the latest round of financial support, as Greece is now considered officially saved.

Philippe

Re: Fgs

"the added time & costs of transport make a lot of possible trade unrealistic in practise", and this is why Amazon is a logistic powerhouse with distribution centres all over the country.

Philippe

Re: Fgs

Trade doesn't work on number of countries but share of world trade of these countries.

The EU has free trade agreements in place with 72 countries representing 75% of global trade. We're losing access to all that, if and when we leave the EU.

It will take years to rebuild it. Nobody is saying it's impossible, we're just saying that the negative impact will be felt instantly and the positive one will take years to materialise, maybe about a generation.

The EU has got its fair share of issues but we know how to navigate them, the other guys, not so much.

UK chancellor puts finger in air, promises 15 million full fibre connections by 2025

Philippe

2033 to "Finish" the job??

That's not really ambitious, is it?

You already can get 10 Gb/s internet access in Switzerland for 50 euro a month, and that clown is targeting a tenth of that in 15 years.

Yes Switzerland is a much smaller country but at the end of the day 10 Gb/s should be the target not 1Gb which is old news in half the glove already.

O2 UK wafts 4G coverage over 1,000 new Brit sites

Philippe

Dual Carrier?

Let's say I am in London where those new 2.3 ghz are located.

Will O2 support dual carrier over 800Mhz and 2.3Ghz, or even better 800, 1800, and 2.3Ghz?

We should start seeing some really decent speed if they do.

O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band

Philippe

Re: Signal/Bandwidth is not the issue

My favourite is trying to use an EE phone at the O2 Arena during a concert.

I am pretty sure I'd get a better throughput using smoke signals.

Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

Philippe

That is why Macs will never succeed in the enterprise.?

The reason Apple marketshare of the PC market has gone from 3 to 8% worldwide by only selling high-end kit is because they're succeeding in the enterprise.

Tons of companies are now giving a Mac option as well as a PC option when ordering a new laptop. This was unheard of, even 3 years ago.

The tools are there to manage the Mac, the ratio of support personal to device is a tenth of the PC side.

Backward compatibility is something you Citrix VDI, not something you limit your CPU choice for.

Philippe

A bit early, isn’t it?

Apple doesn’t like announcing things which aren’t ready or close to ready. Having things leaking 2 years early is either an attempt to manipulate the stock price and there is no substance behind the rumour or an unfortunate incident which could have serious financial consequences?

Ofcom gives six operators green light to bid for spectrum

Philippe

For one of two reasons:

They either want to hold it for re-sell it at a higher price later on, or they're planning to lunch a fixed wireless business similar to what UK Broadband does in Central London.

Nokia tribute band HMD revives another hit

Philippe

5110 Next?

Hopefully, the next one they redo is the 5110.

It was my first phone, I lost it somewhere in the attics in the early naughties, but I am pretty sure I ever find it, it'll have 50% battery left.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/72/CSIRO_ScienceImage_2936_Nokia_mobile_phone.jpg/1920px-CSIRO_ScienceImage_2936_Nokia_mobile_phone.jpg

Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

Philippe
Joke

Re: We develop for Apple and Android

To be clear, it's notch going anywhere.

Philippe

Re: Reg got it wrong in the headline. Again.

Either you mean the X doesn't open with your face, which it shouldn't or you're lying.

I have an X and it opens with or without glasses, in the dark or daylight and even when not looking straight at it.

Granted, it doesn't do that immediately as during the first few days of use as it's learning but from day 3 or 4 it's fantastic to use.

Philippe

Re: unless you drop the front camera

"The no buttons on front idea is stupid."?

You obviously haven't used it. The swipe based interface on the iPhone X is far more natural and quicker than anything I've used since the Palm Tre. I hear the BB10 Hub was similar but I've never tried it so I won't comment.

Picking up an iPad or another iPhone, even + size, feels wrong after only a few days of using the X.

I would put money on Google developing a similar interface for their next version (Maybe not P but certainly Q).

Buttons are dead.

Ofcom sees off legal threat over 5G auction terms

Philippe

Re: This is all just posturing

You mean 700 MHz but your point stands

Philippe

Spot

First Ofcom allowed EE to reform the 2G/3G Spectrum for 4G with no remedy

Then they allowed the merger of BT and EE with no remedy

Now, the reject Three appeal with no remedy

How on Earth is this behaviour in the interest of the consumer?

I don’t want to sound all tinfoil hat here but it surely looks like someone is being nicely wined and dined.

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

Philippe

Re: Single aisle transatlantic is not news...

7 hours in a 737-7 ?

I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. But who can complain about £149 ?

Phil

Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)

Philippe

Re: fewer dumb fanboys

Start a thread on any discussion board you like titled something like "I'm after a new Android phone, what should I buy?" there will be within the first few replies a "buy an iPhone!" type response.

I am not sure this prove or disprove anything.

Start a thread on any discussion board you like titled something like "I'm after a new iPhone, what should I buy?" there will be within the first few replies a "buy an Android!" type response.

Some people like to advertise what they use, other don't, and many don't care either way.

At the end of the day people should be free to spend money on whatever they want or like without having to deal with snarky comments. The poster above was right, it says more about the people who criticise than the ones being criticised.

Philippe

Re: I have my doubts

They stated during the call that the money repatriation will impact Q2, there was no impact for Q1

The "best quarter ever" is due to two things 88b of sales because the average selling price of an iPhone was $796 versus $650 or so in the same quarter last year.

They've also experienced huge growth in their "other" category. (Apple Watch, TV, Music, Itunes etc)

Sack the Xerox CEO 'immediately', yell activist investors

Philippe

There is no old guard left

I have been following Xerox for a number of years as a customer.

The entire old guard has gone, the technology comes from companies bought along the road or the Fuji partnership.

Icahn has a personal vendetta against Jacobson and his advice isn’t worth anything.

Xerox should consider merging with another equipment manufacturer to survive, and Jacobson having been close to 6 years in charge, is the one to make it happen.

Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover

Philippe

Have you heard of the iMac Pro

Please have a look at what you get for your $5K and stop talking nonsense.

The Mac Pro was a dead end, they admitted so and changed course. You might want to do the same.

2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

Philippe

Re: Isn't it obvious

Actually the HP Stream has got a 32Gb Drive.

It's unusable.

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