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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

Geoffrey W

Re: 1000 Users!

Careful there Don, you don't want to turn into Jake,

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

Geoffrey W

Re: Lies: they can't run 8.1

Sorry. I admit I didn't read all your post first. I haven't tried installing 8.1 on older computers yet but if what you say is correct then I agree with you; that really is not good enough. Actually, without knowing what they were thinking, it seems pretty dumb.

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Geoffrey W

Re: Lies: they can't run 8.1

<QUOTE>This is simply not good enough, Microsoft.</QUOTE>

So what would be good enough? Do what no other major software company has ever done, or will ever do, and continue to support an ancient operating system, for free, until all the users or their computers have died, or they finally decide to get a new fangled computer? They can either ignore the problem or inform XP users that the operating system support is expiring. They are informing the users.

I suppose one option would be to offer an affordable upgrade path for XP users, say 50$/40UKP, and I will accept this is something they aren't doing but could do. But even that wont really help those on slow older computers. Its the users choice and if they refuse to budge then Microsoft can surely do no more than they are doing. Surely you don't expect them to produce a new OS that can run on ancient kit?

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

Geoffrey W

Re: Nut jobbery versus nut jobbery

RE: "Please don't export religion to a second planet"

That's exactly what they are trying to achieve - to NOT export religion to another planet. Your wish is granted.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

Geoffrey W

Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code

There's a different scenario I've come across.

Work often comes down to the programmer through a chain of command. Programmer estimates finish in one day. Next up in line adds a couple of days for safety - 3 Days. Next up says - A week. Occasionally when the work order comes down, the programmer ends up with the best part of a month to do a one day change. And god help him if he sets a dangerous precedent by finishing sooner.

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Lumia 1520: Our man screams into ENORMO new Nokia phondleslab

Geoffrey W

Photo?

Not even one photo of the thing so we can judge just how enormous it is?

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

Geoffrey W

Re: Yes to FM switch off, but only if it switches off BBC radio.

If you really can't tell the difference between BBC radio 3 and radio 4 (and not just trolling, or stupid, or spouting off without ever having heard either) then I suggest the voices in your head are getting out of hand and interfering with external sounds and treatment is required. Try silence once in a while.

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

Geoffrey W

Re: A De-strossing Article!

@ Hans 1

"How often have you come across poor Windows losers who have to copy-paste text into notepad, then back into word to get the formatting right ?"

They only do that because they don't know how to do it properly. You can find Open/Libre Office users doing the same thing, if you care to look.

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

Geoffrey W

Re: Yep.

@"I am proud to say I am Americophobe"

Are you sure you know what it means? It sounds as if you rather like them which would surely make you an Americo-Phile, not -Phobe.

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Geoffrey W
Headmaster

Re: Politics of newspapers

To Americans (or, more precisely, to those of the USA, since Mexicans and Canadians are also Americans) Liberals, Lefties, Socialists, Communists, Nazis, Fascists, Anarchists, Pinko Faggot Global Warming Atheists, are all equivalent and essentially the same. There are Republicans, and everyone else.

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Ex-prez Carter: 'America has no functioning democracy' with PRISM

Geoffrey W

Re: no surprise here

That 1950's world is a fantasy. That was the time when policemen could easily kill people and there was much of that strange fruit hanging from the trees. And reds around every corner and under all the beds.

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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

Geoffrey W

Re: God save me from the cloud

If someone is only 20 feet away they could just stand up and shout "STOP THAT TRAIN!" Or run down the corridor on their personal transportation system (legs) and stop it themselves.

I swear, is personal interaction really such a thing of the past?

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Bolivian president's jet grounded so officials can look for Snowden

Geoffrey W

Re: More to come?

@ribosome <The launch codes for all the Minutemen>

The Minutemen unofficial Border Patrol have launch codes?

They can be launched?

Will they reach the moon? God, I hope so.

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 delivers modest improvements

Geoffrey W

Hmmmmm

Two very different opinions here. (From Eadon and ShelLuser).

One has never used the software and one has.

Which of them to trust?

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Lenovo: Windows 8 is so good, everyone wants Windows 7

Geoffrey W

Re: I have a Windows 8 laptop

Or more likely a knackered mouse

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

Geoffrey W

Re: What a wanker/whinger

Lack of emotion is not something I have noticed in the tech field; Lack of appropriate emotion, well, that's another story. Look at Torvalds.

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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

Geoffrey W

Re: I have XP here so no use

@functionality they stripped in Win 7.

Serious question...Just what was stripped in Win7 from XP?

From the point of view of the shell, I cant think of anything...

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Tablets BEAT DOWN laptops in 4-to-1 Xmas bloodbath - analyst

Geoffrey W

Re: Luggage up!

Why Thin?

Well, if it wasn't thin then when wrapped up in its case the package would be even thicker, wouldn't it.

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Kernel hacker Alan Cox quits Linux, Intel

Geoffrey W
Linux

Wow!

I don't mean to be mean or anything but what else could a guy who looks like him do but be a Linux kernel developer? He even wears a red hat! I wonder which comes first, Linux or appearance.

Hope the family problems aren't too serious.

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

Geoffrey W

Re: Games 'n guns link?

Try your local flea market. Tha'ts where I got my BFG

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NASA to smash its spacecraft INTO THE MOON

Geoffrey W
Alien

It's because a SHADO moonbase has become overrun with aliens and must be destroyed without it being obvious what they are up to. Lt. Gay Ellis (RIP) was holed up in a cupboard and had to be sacrificed. I read it somewhere on the internet. (right here)

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Coffee next on climate chopping-block

Geoffrey W

I thought we were talking about wild coffee, which doesn't take account of price and export controls, nor does it need farmers or lack of socialisation.

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Obama win may mean NASA 'nauts to Deep Space as soon as 2021

Geoffrey W

Re: Anonymous Coward

I see you know how to "spEak You're bRanes"

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President Obama declares VICTORY over JUSTIN BIEBER

Geoffrey W

Re: It's a hollow victory

I think you must have missed a couple of elections. It sounds as if you are talking about the start of the second bush term.

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Microsoft-Netflix bid rumours feast on froth – and logic

Geoffrey W
Happy

Re: Only if...

I think it already IS silverlight. At least on Windows it is.

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iPad Mini's quite a handful

Geoffrey W

A tablet, of any size, in my experience, fares pretty badly with game consoles since it doesn't have all the buttons and controllers. Some games work well with touch screen mode only but many are hopelessly compromised by the lack of controllers and are uncomfortable to play. Or maybe its just me.

And I don't even want to know what "media consummation" is.

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Tibetan STATUE found by 1930s NAZI expedition is of ALIEN ORIGIN

Geoffrey W

Re: What happened to X-files references

Fringe? It made it to a second season? Its drivel and stuffed full of cliches and I couldn't get past two episodes. I watched because someone, who was clearly out of his mind, said it was a cross of the X files and Lost.

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Key evidence in Assange case dissolves

Geoffrey W

Re: Adult Discussion

A very interesting commentary. Thanks

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Sony opens cover on latest e-Reader

Geoffrey W

Re: Unfortunately...

Seems to be the consensus that problems like these are specific book related and running them through Calibre to convert them to new epubs, even if they are already epubs, will often cure the problems. Or find a better source for your books.

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Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

Geoffrey W

The problem has been tethering

People figured how to tether a PC to their Kindle and use the free connection to do all their regular browsing and torrenting. I've seen users boasting about how many gigabytes of data they downloaded for free. No way Amazon were ever going to tolerate that. 50MB seems a bit low though. Why not 500MB, so as not to spoil it too much for the majority?

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Rupert Murdoch legs it from British newspaper boards

Geoffrey W

Re: Have to register to read.

This doesn't always work but it did here. Follow the link. I used Firefox with no script turned on for the site. Allowing scripts for ft.com displays too many pop ups and other artifacts. Do a search for the title of the article. I searched via Bing though no doubt Google will work too. Somewhere in the results you will often find a link to the actual article. This article appears to be accessible using this technique. No payment required! Shhhh!

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Retina MacBook Pro nukes Apple's green credentials

Geoffrey W

Re: Where on earth are you getting your numbers from?

"Your survey of one doesn't prove anything"

Well, with your data added to his I conclude that RAM has a failure rate of 50% which is bloody atrocious.

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Microsoft: We tried to use Azure ourselves last year, and couldn't

Geoffrey W

Re: Architect is a professional person not a verb.

RE "you pompous, toothless, tea-swilling Benny Hill aficionados "

Well excuse me. We dumped the grinning buffoon a long time ago and stopped watching him. It was the USA that kept him in royalties and adulation after that.

The other insults are fine and I can live with them.

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Neo-Nazis scoop YouTube ad revenue from UK telcos

Geoffrey W
Headmaster

Re: Jesus said he will come back and slaughter us all....

<QUOTE>Actually the evidence appears to show that Jesus was an invention created using examples of previous imagined 'prophets' with very similar actions and supernatural powers.</QUOTE>

Actually, no. You wont find any recent academics who have done real actual research, looking up actual source documents, and not just quoting someone else who says X or Y or Z, who doubt that Jesus was a real individual.

You will, however, find many who doubt his divine origins.

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TSA screeners spooked by Apple's 'futuristic artifact'

Geoffrey W

2001 obelisk

It all rather sounds like the opening sequence from 2001: A space odyssey, with the apes dithering round the mysterious obelisk, poking it with sticks, and wondering WTF it is.

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Hitchhiker shot while researching 'Kindness of America'

Geoffrey W

Re: how about this?

RE: "It was like that in the Wild West, too"

Now that makes me pause. Its been my understanding, from reading some historian or other (cite not currently available), that gun use and ownership in the days of the actual wild west was vastly overrated since ammunition was so expensive that no one could actually afford it, so no one bothered with fucking guns. Or if they had guns they couldn't shoot them since they had nothing to shoot from them. Am I wrong in my thinkings?

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Vint Cerf: 'COMMUNISTS want to seize the INTERNET'

Geoffrey W

Re: Progress being made ....... in a heart and minds capture program that sets you free

"So what/who stops you doing what you want to do, just whenever you want to do it?"

The answers to your final question are many, ranging from my partner, the government, and nature; which are all commonplace and mundane. But by far the most common impediment is me, which I suspect is what you were getting at.

But yet another answer is you. I read your posts and though I feel there is something of worth somewhere in your words you aren't communicating whats going on in your head clearly enough for heads outside of your own head (if indeed you possess a head) to get more than a somewhat Burroughs-esque cut-up outline of what you mean. Which may indeed be the point whether by accident or by design. A Turing examination of your posts reveals little. It may indeed be the case that you are the machinery controlling us by attempting to disorient us. We love you anyway. We hope that you love we.

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Geoffrey W
Meh

Re: Ladies and Gentlemen, Start ur Engines/Open ur Minds

Sir, what is the point of communication if you don't communicate?

I'm sure you're having lots of fun but whats in it for us?

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Geoffrey W

Re:Poking trolls

Just remember, when you're having fun poking trolls then YOU are a troll too and that gets boring as well.

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1930s photos show Greenland glaciers retreating faster than today

Geoffrey W

Re: Which 'side' am I on?

Complaining about ad hominem attacks after your own post had many ad hominems in it..(.fuckwits)?

No one harangued or harassed you. You're the one who started ranting thus drawing response in similar vein. I really do look for sensible discussion on both sides of this debate but you weren't debating or offering anything useful.

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The Register is rocking on Windows Phone 7

Geoffrey W

Re: At last

RE: "Do you post comments as a challenge....?"

He posts because he thinks he's being funny and he enjoys the attention and thrill of being known to lots of users on the forums. He reminds me of my first job where some unknown non entity used to scrawl the most idiotic comments on the toilet cubicle walls. he did it until someone caught him at it and actually quit his job, which wasn't worth having in the first place, because everyone kept laughing AT him rather than with him. True wit is a very rare thing. Big dumb guy doesn't have it.

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Apple sued for every touchscreen device by Flatworld prof

Geoffrey W
Headmaster

RE: pedant alert

The fact that scum floats does not preclude the scum sucker being a bottom dweller. It can rise to the surface to feed and then sink back to its dwelling on the bottom.

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Harry Potter e-books go on sale

Geoffrey W

Re: Pricing oddities

The US paper edition had illustrations and so does the ebook edition. The UK paper edition had no illustrations and neither does the ebook. That's the size discrepancy, and maybe the price difference too.

The US edition doesn't need notes to explain the words; they already changed the words. If you live outside the UK and want to read the original UK version then you're stuffed. Beyond this stupid Geo-restriction, which didn't exist with the paper books, she did a much better job at this than most interested parties expected. Certainly better than the big publishing houses can do. Shame it took her so long. I expect when you have more money than god there are lots of other distractions to fill your time with.

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Geoffrey W

Re: DRM format

The books aren't DRM'd. They have a watermark of the buyers name but they can be read, converted, backed up, transferred to your Amazon kindle library, whatever. All of which is a big surprise to many and puts the big publishing houses to shame. Oh, and its available as EPUB; a nice open specification format. And, by all accounts, there are a lot of people prepared to buy them if the availability of the web site yesterday is anything to go by. Not me though.

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Charge of the Metro brigade: Did Microsoft execs plan to take a hit?

Geoffrey W

Re: Why?

@Tzael - touch centric OS

You say that Windows 8 is a touch centric OS. What version, then, is to be released for non touch screen devices, and when can we get a look at it? All reports I have seen so far state that this is the version for both types of device which is, for me, useless. This OS is going nowhere near my desktop or laptop devices unless it changes radically from what it now is. A touch centric OS is, by definition, never going to be more than a compromise on a non touch screen device, in the same way that traditional mouse and keyboard windows was never more than a compromise on a tablet. Better stock up on Win 7 now. I think MS will be supporting that version for a long time to come.

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Geoffrey W

Re: Why?

How do I turn off Metro?

I did a search and tried the method given and it didn't work. Is there another way in the preview edition?

A link would be nice.

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CSIRO: warming up to five degrees by 2070

Geoffrey W

Re: In the pay of who???

Just as valid to ask who is paying you for these comment board assertions that attempt to plant negative impressions in the minds of the ignorant.

Well?

Who is it?

And don't say 'no one' because I wont believe you.

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