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Windows 8 launch outdoes Windows 7's, says Microsoft bigwig

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From the article:

License sales don't equate automatically to users and many of the licenses will have been sold to PC manufacturers who will pack the software on machines to be shipped out over the next few months. Reuters estimates that only 15 million users are currently using Windows 8.

From Phoenix50:

Microsoft have SOLD 40 millions Windows 8 licenses. They've not "shipped-40-million-and-we're-waiting-for-OEMs-to-sell-them-all-and-then-pay-us"... it's 40 million licenses IN THE BANK - and they're laughing all the way to it!

I do like this discrepancy.

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Nowhere to hide for Google users as Play is given Plus treatment

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Re: Further to previous post

I'll opt for making it up.

*sigh*

My motives for doing so? I've already been accused of being a Google shill before. Perhaps I'm also on Mastercard's payroll?

Dammit, I could do with the money as well. Bastards still haven't paid me.

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WTF?

Do I have an honest-to-goodness stalker on these forums? Someone does seem to like hammering that red button next to my posts.

I feel honoured.

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Re: Further to previous post

Prepaid Mastercards and Visas work with the vast majority of all paid apps in the Play store, at least in the UK.

You should try it yourself, instead of failing hard at being a smart arse. I have at least £100 of paid apps here that says you are wrong.

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Re: Further to previous post

Not sure about other countries, but in the UK it's very easy to visit the gift card section of Tesco or similar and buy either a Visa or Mastercard. You're then prompted to activate the card via a site like this, or via an 0870 number, and they don't seem to be too particular about what details you give them.

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Re: Good News for end users then

Because my name is really "M Gale", your name is really "Barry Shitpeas", and if I have to create a Plus account at some point, my name really will be "John Smith".

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Re: And what if you don't have a G+ account?

Yes, Google now require you need a Plus account, to leave an app review.

You will be taken through the sign-up procedure when you try to review an app. There is no option to bypass.

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Re: Further to previous post

That, and who says the card you use to pay is your card?

Trying to infer your real name from that will be mighty tricky and a bit stupid.

So yes. Concerted trolling effort required.

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Re: Further to previous post

That would be the prepaid Mastercards and Visas that I routinely register under such names as "Kara Buckwheat" or "Mickey Mouse", right?

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Further to previous post

This requires a concerted trolling effort.

"John Smith" is a real name, right? Quite a popular name in the UK, too.

I think it could be rather amusing to see Google kicking people out for calling themself "John Smith" when their real name is, err, "John Smith".

That is unless anybody else has any better trolls?

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Good that I wasn't stupid enough...

...to sign up for Plus then, isn't it?

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85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one

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Re: Thanks but no thanks

One of the few things you can put back without third party hacks is a proper, WIndows XP-style quicklaunch bar that doesn't make quicklaunch apps look like running apps.

Unfiortunately, using the same method for bringing a start menu back doesn't work too well. You end up with an heirarchy of folders that don't fill with program shortcuts as you install stuff. On the other hand, that godawful TIFKAM thing will happily fill up with one, long, flat, confusing list of shit if you let it.

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Re: "Lol"

About 27,800,000 results for Windows 8 get start menu back.

Sorry, it's not a few, ahem, "fandroids" that don't like it. As I've already stated around here somewhere, Microsoft could release a great big turd and people would still buy it, because they have to buy it or be unable to run anything.

A new version of Windows selling a shitload is not impressive, sorry. It's as predictable as the sun coming up tomorrow. How many of Microsoft's customers actually want to be Microsoft customers on the other hand? I reckon that ratio is significantly less than 1:1.

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Can't be arsed booting the Win8 VM up, but I think I might have about six icons left on TIFKAM after removing the "live" crap. I think my first reaction to that jumping, flashing, animated mess was "ARGH, MY EYES".

Do they count people who got a free MSDNAA (oh sorry, Dreamspark) version, gave it a go, then shoved it back in the computer equivalent of a dusty drawer somewhere while they go running right back to 7?

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MIDI: 30 years old... almost

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MIDI's a great example of the big guys in an industry seeing how a standard needs to be set, and coming together to make an open standard before either the whole industry falls apart amongst a mess of incompatibilities, or one company rises up and borgs everything.

Now if only Yamaha, Korg, Roland, Kawai, Oberheim, Sequential Circuits, Moog et al, were interested in PC OS interoperability as well, eh?

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Rogue IT employees - give us the down and dirty

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Technical, if not IT related

I have an uncle, who was involved with the old pirate Thameside Radio back in the day.

Quite an advanced set-up. Proper transmitters, none of this noisy, leaky circuit-board-in-a-margarine-tub nonsense. They weren't stupid enough to transmit from the studio, but instead would have a few transmitters around, with an uplink that could be pointed to any one of them.

One of these transmitters was right up at the top of Trellick Tower. Apparently these sneaky chappies had managed to get hold of a set of fireman's keys for roof access. Then they found a nice room to stick the transmitter in, disguised the antenna as a TV aerial, and built a remote electronic lock to keep the door locked from the other side.

So the DTI (this was a long while before OFCOM) would detect a transmission and go up there to have a look. They knew the signal was coming from there, but could they find the transmitter? Could they hell. Even if a tramsmitter got busted, these guys would swing the uplink antenna around and be back up in seconds. Most frustrating for the DTI, I'm sure.

Even when they decided to call it a day, they did it with a nice big middle finger in the shape of a pirate TV transmission across large swathes of London.

I feel quite inadequate in comparison!

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This week I have reading...

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Mostly?

Differential equations and image processing algorithms. Damned university coursework.

That said, there's that Battlefield 3 book by Andy McNab that's waiting for me to get the time to start on it. It's been waiting for the last three months.

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Tea deathmatch?

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Re: Tea deathmatch?

I do like a good strong builder's brew, but at the same time I've got a number of odd fruit or herbal things that taste quite nice.

For my nomination as far as this topic is concerned, though? Twinings-brand Chai. Awesome spicy Indian thing.. no I am not a hippy.

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Bye bye Usenet

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Is news.cis.dfn.de still up?

Just saying, they used to run a nice text-only free service back in the day.

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One in 10 Brit smartphone owners 'can't afford' to pay for apps

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I see which app you mean.

Super GNES lite, right?

Yep, there's a few idiot reviewers, which won't be prevented by Google's idiocy either. Still has a 4.1 star average though, which definitely puts it into the "awesome, shame you can't please everyone" category.

I'd give them a good review myself if it works nice but, you know, Google+ requirement and all...

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Can't say I'd noticed many of those scathing reviews, unless they are quite rightly castigating a developer for putting adverts in a paid app, or turning a paid app into an adware app.

I do however, see plenty of people in reviews, saying that they'd love to pay for an ad-free variant of a free app that only has an adware variant.

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Re: Beggared themselves buying iPhones, now can't find 69p

You mean "happy to have a phone"?

Tell me, why is an iPhone better than a cheap droidphone?

This should be good.

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Re: Beggared themselves buying iPhones, now can't find 69p

Droid phones are about £50-£60 for a cheap one. It's no supermodel, but it's a smartphone.

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Re: Paying for apps...

No I didn't downvote you, but I can see why somebody did.

If it requires me to root my phone, then it is a useless solution.

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"it's probably 1% of Android users buy any apps and 90% of iOS users buy apps"

Just where does this myth come from?

Out of all the iWotsit-owning people I know, most of them either don't pay for apps, or have an app which tells them when popular paid apps are on a free offer.

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Re: Paying for apps...

but I just don't like my credit card out there

£25 and £50 Visa/Mastercard prepaid debit cards. Works for the vast majority of apps out there.

I have about £100-worth now.

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Re: Paying for apps...

"Why pay for something you can get for free?"

THIS FREE APP REQUIRES:

Your location (course)

Your location (fine)

Your phone state and identity

Network access

Services That Cost You Money (write SMS)

Read contact data

THIS PAID APP REQUIRES:

Network access

Enjoy your popups, billboards and targetted spyware. Really, people used to get programs to remove this stuff. They were like anti-virus programs. Ad Alert, Spybot S&D.. oh but hey, it's different on a phone, right?

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: Didn't I make 100 posts in a year?

Break did not necessarily clear all memory. Some things that depended on wierd assembler routines couldn't be recovered, but there were plenty of times when an accidental "break" press could be undone by typing "old".

IIRC, there was some difference between "break" and "ctrl+break" as well, though I'll be damned if I can remember what it was off-hand.

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Re: 1313 now

Just six more to go until you get an awesome screencap eh?

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1313 now

Doubly unlucky perhaps?

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Re: AmanfromMars badge - I like

I did wonder why he's now called "aManFromMars 1".

Seriously, reported? Dammit, that martian is part of the wallpaper!

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Re: Great - a Bore's Charter

You did see that thing about upvotes being required for a silver badge, right?

And about gold badges being selected manually by the Reg team?

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Re: Where can I check my upvotes?

In total, your posts have been upvoted 3599 times and voted on by Microsoft fanbois 884 times.

We can all be snarky, dear.

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Oh bloody hell.

I can't wait for post edit privileges. Must proof-read before hitting "submit".

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Re: Didn't I make 100 posts in a year?

JUdging by your post history you qualify for at least a bronze badge. The article does atate the change is "rolling out" though.. which by that I assume means that somewhere, some old 486 is running a BASIC script that's repeatedly doing SELECT and UPDATE statements, and we'll all get our badges eventually.

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Awarded to user handle instead of account?

Seems a bit wierd.

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

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Re: Would you trust him though?

I think that, roughly translated, this post means "sort your own shit out and don't even think about dumping your problems on my doorstep. :("

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Google parks panzers on Germany's lawn over 'link tax' plan

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So, uhm, Google (and presumably Yahoo, Bing et al) would have to pay the publisher.. to drive traffic toward the publisher?

Something wrong here.

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Google plans touchscreen Chromebook for 2013 - report

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Just give up on Chrome OS already

Use it as an information-station OS, sell it to bus companies for the timetables, but why even bother with this dumb terminal shite when Android exists?

Hell, why not just use Chrome, and have it as an OS that works as a layer over any other OS? Would be a damn site more useful than the current "your computer is a browser" crap.

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Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U

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"There are zero startups in the console space."

There haven't been any new console companies since the 1980s. Even Xbox and Playstation came from two very well established behemoths deciding to get into a new sector.

That said, it could be interesting to see where Ouya goes.

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Uhm.

"Mobile" gaming is console gaming with a 3G chipset. Same or similar business model, same locked-down hardware, same Tomy interface.

If anything, Microsoft seem desperate to turn the PC into a games console.

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Heroic Register reader battles EXPLODING COMPUTER

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Methinks once it's been unplugged and tossed onto a balcony, the "electrical" part of the fire has been mitigated.

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Reefer madness blasts pot machine maker's stock sky high

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Re: aside from the obvious hard drugs

"What worries me is that pharmaceutical companies have been trying to produce THC pills"

Just to clarify, there's a UK trial of the Sativex product by GW Healthcare. The bottle states that each 100 microlitre spray contains 2.7mg delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and 2.5mg cannabidiol from Cannabis Sativa. The company say that you get the medical benefits without the high.

A friend of mine with some serious and painful illnesses who's managed to wrangle themself onto the programme says that you damned well can get high from it, but only if you take a heavy dose. Apparently it works medicinally quite well though. Better than slow-release morphine, but "not as well as a bud", so says the afflicted one. It also costs the NHS something like £240 per month to provide it, which might explain many doctors' reticence in prescribing it. Basically it costs the NHS more than it would cost someone to buy raw bud from a dealer in ounces, given the medicinal dose for bud is a lot lower than you'd have to get high.

Of course at 300W for a grow, with photoperiod plants, 18h veg cycle and 12h bud cycle, you'd spend maybe £100-£150 or so at the usual per-KW/h electricity prices to make several ounces of your own at home. In metric, you're looking at maybe 0.5g per watt of lighting if you do it right, or at least so say the books on the subject. Doing so would put you into serious-legal-penalty territory and it gets worse if you try and make it neat and tidy, because that means it's a "sophisticated" grow. You probably will be doing time if caught, might well lose your job, could lose your children if the courts decide you're unfit to look after them, could very well lose your home if it's a rented property (as increasing numbers of homes in the UK are). And all over a grow tent.

People say that marijuana induces insanity. Maybe, perhaps, but only in the minds of the lawmakers.

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Windows 8: A soaraway Kinect? Or is it Red Ink Friday for Microsoft?

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Re: A *BIG* difference

Sour grapes at an OS with a Linux kernel under there somewhere getting to be phenomenally, unbelievably successful?

Let me look at your posting history...

Yep. Sour grapes. Sorry boy, but Microsoft aren't going to borg this industry. Neither are Apple, now.

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Re: Instant On

That's easy when it never really turns off.

I have an Asus Transformer Prime that does the same thing. Oh, and an old Windows XP laptop that's pretty similar. Even Linux machines are at it.

Now try Windows 8 from a cold boot, and enjoy watching Mint v12 beat it to a usable desktop.

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Re: Affordability

That does show that Microsoft could have skipped spending all that money to develop a phone interface for the desktop, released the kernel improvements as a Win7 service pack AND dropped the price, and still made a shitload of money out of it. After all, it's not like most people are going to buy or otherwise use any OS except Windows when they buy a computer. Microsoft could release a great steaming turd and people will buy it because buying anything else means saying goodbye to the vast majority of all software written for PCs.

In fact, I do believe that's what Microsoft has just done with TIFKAM.

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BlackBerry 10: AWESOME. If the hardware matches it, RIM jobs are safe

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Re: One-trick pony

IIRC, my last update was a notification. "There is new firmware available, you want?"

I said "yes please". Did the same thing for a minor update a few days ago.

Asus do make nice tablet-tops.

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Assault on battery

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Re: Does rather beg the question...

I used to have a Bluetooth KB/Mouse combo that did that.

30 seconds of non-use turned them off. You then had 5-10 seconds of waiting for the Bluetooth handshaking to complete before either switched back on again. Upon which, the keyboard buffer would dump itself and you'd end up with all the keys you mashed in frustration being input.

Annoying would be one word for it.

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Re: S, E and X keys?

yes :(

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