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Comment Re:Damage control (Score 1) 95

The key that the wiki page mentions isn't for spying, it's for verifying digital signatures on third party cryptography service provider packages. It was named as such because CSP packages that are exported outside of USA have to receive export approval, something the NSA performed. So the NSAkey was named because it was a digital signature proving that a package had either received proper review or didn't need it (If it was for US only).

Not saying that NSA isn't spying, just that the key mentioned is not used for that purpose.

Comment Re:Reorg (Score 1) 343

WSJ: Apple Moves Closer to Making TV Set [wsj.com]
New York Times: What’s Really Next for Apple in Television [nytimes.com]
Business Insider: Apple Could Announce New TV This December, Says Top Apple Analyst [businessinsider.com]

I asked for a couple of references that show rumors about a 1Q 2013 Apple TV release, and I get a WSJ link that references sources at Foxconn, some idle speculation from NYT blogs (which is not the same as NYT btw and is extremely unreliable like the blogs on Forbes, Business Insider etc., thought you would know that) and some speculation from Gene Munster? Wow that's quite a low.

And my broken watch is right twice a day. Doesn't change the fact that it is still broken.

Keep telling yourself that. I had no doubts about how things played out, unlike you and the Slashdot story trying to spread FUD about Ballmer leading the Xbox into the holiday division.

Again, quote me the "speculation and misinformation and BS" in my post to which you started replying.

The most likely explanation based on the facts we know is the following:

Re-org is imminent, and Mattrick left due to reason X. Ballmer takes over for now because the reorg is already imminent and he doesn't want to reveal it yet since it will all come out in a few days. So he tells the Xbox team, report to me and concentrate on getting ready for the Xbox holiday release and hopes to avoid people getting complacent over their work on Xbox One, even if for a few days. All this could be true regardless of reason X. You're getting needlessly caught up with reason X which has nothing to do with whether Ballmer will lead the Xbox One release into the holiday season. There might not be an Xbox division even, there's rumors of a new hardware division which includes Surface.

Again, reason X and employment contracts are just a red herring to this article and your post. The crux is that you and the Slashdot story were insinuating that Ballmer is going to lead the Xbox team long term while it was pretty much a given that he was not.

If you want to read some baseless speculation, misinformation and BS read your posts:

Also I don't know about you but how is Ballmer is really qualified to lead the Xbox team? I mean he doesn't have much experience with that division or familiarity with the subject area in particular. ...
If there is going to be a re-org in a "few days" , there will be new bosses for all parts of MS anyways. And if there is a new boss in a few days, there won't be speculation for the holidays, will there? That makes no sense.

Comment Outdated and misleading post... (Score 1) 87

. Google have dropped activesync.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2413283,00.asp (Anyone else forgot how pro Microsoft PCmag was)

The most ironic part of this Windows Phone users used to get gmail messages instantaneously...and now they don't...like Windows Phone was not already second class technology.

Outdated news... Google has dropped nothing.

"Google Extends Windows Phone Exchange ActiveSync Support Until July"

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2414917,00.asp

Microsoft announced today that Google has agreed to delay the removal of support for Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync protocol (Google Sync) until July.
In the meantime, Microsoft said it is working to build support for the protocols Google will be using going forward, meaning Windows Phone users will still be able to connect to Google services.

Please stop twisting facts or posting misleading stories to further your agenda. Your entire post is bunk.

Comment Re:Secure Boot ISN'T! (Score 1) 135

You're not forced to install antivirus programs nor is there a scheme to prevent you from removing them.

...yet.. just like secure boot on x86 PCs.
Boot kits are prevalent on PCs and Secure Boot prevents it while allowing the small percentage of enthusiasts to install alternative OSes on x86.
Just because some person wanting to install some OS can't bothered to uncheck a checkbox doesn't mean that hundreds of millions of PC users must be subject to undetectable rootkits.

Comment Re:Meh (Score -1, Troll) 227

The optics don't fall over. They're very good.

Its not enough to just include a high
megapixel sensor – the lenses conveying the image to
the sensor have to be of equally high quality.
Together with our partner Carl Zeiss, we yet again
pushed the limits of optical design to match the resolution
of the 41 megapixel camera sensor. To provide
the best optical resolution we increased the number of
lenses used from the five in the award-winning Nokia
808 PureView, to six. The first lens element is made of
high precision glass, and five of the lenses are moulded
high-performance plastic, taking lens manufacturing
precision to the next level.
The lenses are physically very big for a smartphone, and
the optical assembly alone is unique. But that is not all.
We put the whole system inside a completely new kind
of optical image stabilisation system, which uses an
extremely high accuracy sensing system linked to very
small motors which actively move the lens.
The extremely sharp image projected by the six-element
lens system is recorded by the second generation 41MP
BSI sensor, capturing even the smallest of details in the
scene, including detail not visible to the naked eye.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 0) 227

What makes you think the lenses are not good?

Its not enough to just include a high
megapixel sensor – the lenses conveying the image to
the sensor have to be of equally high quality.
Together with our partner Carl Zeiss, we yet again
pushed the limits of optical design to match the resolution
of the 41 megapixel camera sensor. To provide
the best optical resolution we increased the number of
lenses used from the five in the award-winning Nokia
808 PureView, to six. The first lens element is made of
high precision glass, and five of the lenses are moulded
high-performance plastic, taking lens manufacturing
precision to the next level.
The lenses are physically very big for a smartphone, and
the optical assembly alone is unique. But that is not all.
We put the whole system inside a completely new kind
of optical image stabilisation system, which uses an
extremely high accuracy sensing system linked to very
small motors which actively move the lens.
The extremely sharp image projected by the six-element
lens system is recorded by the second generation 41MP
BSI sensor, capturing even the smallest of details in the
scene, including detail not visible to the naked eye.

Whitepaper from Nokia on the tech http://i.nokia.com/blob/view/-/2723846/data/1/-/Lumia1020-whitepaper.pdf

http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3964341&cid=44257603

Comment Technical details and sample pictures (Score 2, Insightful) 227

If you're comparing a phone camera with a DSLR then it means it has already won. Anyway, here's more technical details.

Sample photos from the phone http://www.flickr.com/photos/87544844%40N00/sets/72157634597356196/
Review of the photo tech http://pureviewclub.com/2013/15270
Whitepaper from Nokia on the tech http://i.nokia.com/blob/view/-/2723846/data/1/-/Lumia1020-whitepaper.pdf
Sample photos from the predecessor http://www.flickr.com/groups/nokia808/
Nokia presentation showcasing the phone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_Q3bxo7vJI&hd=1

Comment Re:Secure Boot ISN'T! (Score 1) 135

What *is* the same between the Surface Pro and the Surface (RT), is that UEFI and Secure Boot are being used.

Back to the original topic, this is why people do not want Secure Boot. Here is a company taking the standard and doing *exactly* what people were afraid the company would do with it. It's no longer "speculation."

Is that so? Then why can anyone run Linux on a Surface Pro?

Or do you mean that WindowsRT is doing so well that it will kill PCs will do more harm to user freedom than an iPad? Looks like you are more optimistic about it than MS itself!

If people do not want Secure Boot then why are they falling over each other to buy the iPad with a locked bootloader? Or one of the many Android phones and tablets with locked bootloaders? Or are you just speculating about "people"?

It's like saying Antivirus programs will one day prevent all executables from running just because they have the capability to block any executable and have successfully blocked some.

Comment Re:Reorg (Score 1) 343

And all news organizations are 100% right all the time? Since when in the history of news has this been correct? For example in crime reporting: Sources familiar with the matter say suspect A will be arrested shortly. And then it doesn't happen.

Not all. I just quoted four. How you can extrapolate that to all when I specifically said they are not to be trusted as much as reliable ones?

For example in crime reporting: Sources familiar with the matter say suspect A will be arrested shortly. And then it doesn't happen.

The difference should be obvious if you have any background in journalism. It is that reputable organizations like the ones I have listed vet their sources and don't post everything from every anonymous email or tip they get. They spend a minimum time and effort to make sure their reputation stays intact. You can add Reuters and AP to the list I quoted. Most other news organizations just print anything regardless of the reliability of their sources.

So WSJ predicted the iPad. If you weren't following news at the time, SO WAS EVERYONE ELSE

Maybe, but the WSJ article gave the rumors legitimacy and confirmed a lot of things. That article was widely quoted and reported in the media at the time. Why would it be if everyone else was onto the story? In fact in some cases the companies themselves leak things to the big news orgs to generate hype.

Everyone was saying the iTV was coming out Q1 2013. It didn't happen.

Everyone? Care to reference a couple from WSJ, Bloomberg, Reuters, AP, Washington Post, NYT that say "from our sources"? Or are you making up things as you go ?

Wow, your failure at reading comprehensions is astounding. Julie Larson-Greene is the new head of Devices and Studio Engineering. She is in charge of the entire group which includes Xbox. Ballmer has not named who will lead Xbox specifically. For now, that person still is Ballmer as far as the public knows.

That made me laugh, you're clutching at straws here. The whole point of the reorg is to have new divisions and heads. Ballmer need not name the head of every small subdivision. Is there even a Xbox division anymore?

  This whole Slashdot article is a misleading non-story not worthy of even being posted and only designed to rile up ignorant people who get their MS news only from here or other similar forums and who don't even know about the reorg.

By the way, is an employment contract the same as a non-compete agreement?

Not this again, I got tired of it because you were not willing to concede the point after losing it. In one post you claimed Microsoft had a option not to let go of Mattrick. I replied no they cannot. After a couple of posts you changed your tune saying that Microsoft can't prevent him from leaving if he pays his way out. I am tired of arguing this again and again.

Back to insults I see. You've built all of these posts on speculation and misinformation and seem rather irritated when someone calls you out on your BS.

Did you read your own posts that I quoted? Here they are:

Also why even mention the holidays in a few months if everyone knows that a re-org is coming in the next few days.

Also I don't know about you but how is Ballmer is really qualified to lead the Xbox team? I mean he doesn't have much experience with that division or familiarity with the subject area in particular.

I am totally vindicated in all my points. All my so called speculation and misinformation turned to be actually true because it was based on reliable sources who delivered yet again, while your speculation about Ballmer leading Xbox into the holiday season turned to be total junk. Yet you accuse me of speculation and misinformation?

For example read my post, the reply to your first post in this thread:

The most likely explanation based on the facts we know is the following:

Re-org is imminent, and Mattrick left due to reason X. Ballmer takes over for now because the reorg is already imminent and he doesn't want to reveal it yet since it will all come out in a few days. So he tells the Xbox team, report to me and concentrate on getting ready for the Xbox holiday release and hopes to avoid people getting complacent over their work on Xbox One, even if for a few days. All this could be true regardless of reason X. You're getting needlessly caught up with reason X which has nothing to do with whether Ballmer will lead the Xbox One release into the holiday season. There might not be an Xbox division even, there's rumors of a new hardware division which includes Surface.

Please quote the "speculation, misinformation and BS" in that post.

Again, the internet and media consists of tens of thousands of news organizations and blogs. Learning to separate the good ones with a great track record from the others is a valuable skill which you sorely lack. Or you're just pretending to be dumb to try not to concede the point. I don't know which is worse but the result is saddening.

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