* Posts by JEDIDIAH

2278 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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Re: Yes ,

TVs (and bluray players) are computers anymore.

The Sony BD models even come with GPL disclaimers and a list of projects Sony used to make the product.

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French say 'non' to Netflix, reveals entertainment report

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Re: The disc world ...

> I like your thinking however that would require me getting off my fat lardy arse and going to the shops at specific times of the day and only on specific days

What? No Amazon over there?

I'm under a strict medical quarantine and I can still "shop until I drop" and I don't have to get up out of this here chair...

...and there's still the classic Netflix service too. Although procrastination becomes a problem.

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: bitstreaming?

A chromebox has the GPU juice to decode blurays. This probably does too.

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Re: I assume this is a fanless design

...except you can always turn off a PC. A little fan noise probably won't be audible once you start to actually use the PC. Your AV system will drown it out or you will get distracted with what yo actually use the PC for.

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Another day, another stunning security flaw in Android – this time hitting 55% of mobes

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Re: innocuous-looking app which, when installed

No, it's not a shock. Exploiting Unix with a local privilege escalation hack is nothing new. Back in the day, some people considered this sort of thing a hobby. One of my college profs was one such hobbyist.

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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Sting like a butterfly...

Mr Ali just needs to start using the alias Cassius Clay.

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Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free

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Re: ...and how much does Netflix cost a month?

The cost of Netflix includes VIDEO which has always been more expensive than music. Over here, it's a replacement for 30 or so of the channels you would have on a 500 channel package. It's basically all of the reruns you would get on cable.

Plus Netflix has original content along the lines of AMC or HBO.

That makes Netflix a considerably better value. Apple has to compete with that and every other audio and video service.

Pandora is just plain free. Spotify has a free option too.

Apple is late to the party and they have to prove themselves.

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Re: @Richard Taylor

"most people"

That already tells me that it's feasible that someone could notice the difference.

"most" actually leaves quite a lot of people out there able to tell the difference. Otherwise, the exclusionary language would have been stronger.

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

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Re: Windows 10 won't give PC sales a fillip

They must have vastly improved their reliability recently because the Macs that I owned were nothing to write home about in terms of reliability. They also weren't terribly good in terms of performance either.

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Re: Would many people notice Media Center [sic] vanishing?

There is NOTHING special about "usability" in MCE.

The only advantage it has when it comes to tuners is the DRM infested ones they use in America.

Plus, that's even only relevant for land line cable monopolies. Those DRM tuners don't support American sat service at all.

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: We haff ways of MAKING you inztall!

I was wondering if something like this was impacting my machine at the office, my connection to it, and the general sluggishness of the work network. It seemed like a little too much of a coincidence...

They're stealing our kittens!

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John McAfee cuffed by Tennessee cops, faces drug-driving, gun rap

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Perry Mason always gets you off...

...as long as he was lucid enough to decline any form of drug testing, he might actually get off.

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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High IO on Win10

It seems like any time you open the control panel in Win10 the IO goes crazy.

I also run it in a VM.

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Re: Business market?

There's little money to be made from home users in general.

They don't buy the highly expensive professional flagship products that platform partisans like to fixate on.

For a lot of users, there's really nothing keeping them on Windows but decades of pervasive FUD.

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Re: Fact, or speculation and FUD?

> And if you were a highly experienced software developer you wouldn't make a comment like that.

You mean GAME developer.

The rest of us appreciate "stability" in the Debian sense of the word.

Needing to basically learn a whole new API between major releases of a library is not cool unless you're trying to squeeze every bit of juice you can out of current hardware and don't care how you do it.

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Re: Such as ?

> We need marketing people to reconnect with the real world and realise that adverts and subscriptions are about as popular as cancer.

No. We exist in a vanishingly small minority of people that think ads are any problem at all.

Otherwise, we would not have had about 100 years of ad supported free media.

Time to face facts. You and I are weirdos.

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They're escaping the quarantine zone!

Well, I do care about new Windows machines becoming part of a bit torrent swarm without the consent or knowledge of the end user. At that point, it's not just Lemming self-flagellation anymore. That's something that can impact me if I happen to be sharing a network with a new WinBox. Plus friends and family will be impacted and likely experience "mysterious internet slowdowns".

I'm not a Windows user but I'm often called upon to rescue them.

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Meh.

No. I think it's just backlash from butthurt Lemmings that see all of the negative articles here.

I don't really have to say anything negative about Windows. El Reg is doing fine without me.

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Re: 'Pay once, use forever'...?

> I am curious: how did the author manage to type and publish this article using MS-DOS v1.0...?

I used my first spreadsheet, word processor, and mouse driven drawing app on the Apple II.

Some things just don't need to be re-invented every year. Once Microsoft finally got it's act together and had a half decent GUI, a lot of basic stuff beyond that point probably didn't need "upgrading" that much.

What exactly am I paying for in this years version of rehashed software from 1994? Should I even need to care about those things? These questions are usually not addressed. It's just assumed that everyone will buy the shovelware because they think they have to.

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Re: Linux

You can even [gasp] just install MATE over top the standard Ubuntu and be done.

All of those variants are nothing more than different sets of "apt-get" commands.

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Re: Linux

Even if that were true, burning any Linux to the ground and reinstalling from scratch is still less trouble than any Windows install or upgrade. User data is easy to protect and separate based on Unix design elements that predate Linux.

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Re: Pay us...

...that's funny because I know a business user that complains that the Windows version of Skype is full of ads and steals all upstream bandwidth.

The Linux version of Skype seems like an improvement over that actually.

The cash cow mentality when applied to software creates these strange paradoxes.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Yeah... me too.

I also ended up with the ST because I managed to get a killer deal on it.

There was this insane return program (perhaps only in the states) that allowed people to get dirt cheap STs but I had mine already by the time I found out about it.

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...and again, get off my lawn!

All of the 68K's were fine machines, especially considering what the state of the PC clone market was like and what MS-DOS and Windows were like. When I finally defected to monopoly ware in 94, I nearly came straight back because of what WinDOS could do to what was ample RAM on a 68K machine.

Amigas were really not that far behind typical PCs of the time. They certainly weren't behind PCs at all in terms of multimedia capabilities.

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...and get off my lawn!

They were always a consumer niche product that didn't get any respect from the larger business market. The Microsoft hegemony chipped away at their market share year after year until they were finally relegated to Video toaster enthusiasts.

The same thing happened to them that happened to nearly another alternative to MS-DOS.

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How Music Got Free and Creatocracy

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Re: Suffering artists

Nope. A kid mowing a lawn gets paid for mowing the lawn once.

He doesn't get a royalty anyone looks at it or walks across it.

He has to work in order to get paid. He can't just sit on his ass and expect to get paid for doing nothing.

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Re: Free?

Back in the old days, the only mobile entertainment device you really had was a radio. This gave the music industry a tremendous advantage. They had a sort of monopoly in the mobile space. Once mobile devices started adequately playing games and displaying video, they no longer had a captive audience.

We grew up with transistor radios and our children grew up with Nintendo. That's not even getting into the current generation of mobile networked devices.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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You can't handle the truth.

If they are letting people upgrade in place for free and they don't cripple everyone's machines in the process, that could actually put quite a dent in the PC upgrade cycle. Demand for PCs are already depressed. People are finding that their ancient machines are still perfectly suitable.

Microsoft seems to be ADDING to this perception rather than encouraging hardware upgrades.

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Re: Free OS upgrades - Yawn.

Contrary to the constant screeching of the trolls, nearly no one really needs msoffice.

Besides, Microsoft wants you to give up that "local version of office".

...and Linux has a lot of games these days. Some of them are the ones that my Windows gamer friends even get excited over. Not perfect but not totally dire either.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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I see crazy people and they don't know they're crazy.

Agreed. The fetish with upgrading all devices seems insane. Give them security fixes sure, but don't force everyone to run the latest bloatware. It doesn't make any more sense on a phone than it does on a PC.

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Re: Have you ever actually owned a Mercedes . . ?

Don't be a moron. ALL cars depreciate.

Also, there's nothing terribly noteworthy about "Mercedes service" either. Although you will likely be forced to use it because of the proprietary nature of many parts of a Mercedes. I sorely wanted to replace the head unit in mine with something a bit more modern. Car companies always lag behind with that kind of thing.

Although the real point is that Apple products come out of the same Chinese factories and use the same parts as any other PC or phone. Besides the extra trim, there is absolutely nothing to distinguish them from the cheapest brand you can name.

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Re: It's true

iTunes is pants under any OS and yes I have used it under MacOS. It's really not that sophisticated of a program. It's missing little bits of polish that you might even see on a Linux app. It's not really a proper GUI and some of the obvious music use cases are missing. Media management for alien video isn't there at all. It's "jack-of-all-trades" throw everything together in the same app approach is also a bit daft and highly anti-Unix. The storefront is just an 80s throwback turning what should be a modern ecommerce site into something you would have seen on the 3 foot 10 pack.

It's one of the most undeservingly overhyped applications ever.

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The Pot goes on a rampage.

> I find it fascinating how people seem to translate their own experiences and wants into an absolute requirement for everyone else and denigrate anyone who doesn't agree.

That's rich coming from the fanboy camp.

The OP's remark were a nice solid explanation for why a considerable bulk of the market might be inclined to avoid Apple products. Phone salesmen will even bring these issues up if they see you contemplating a switch back to Apple.

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I'll add a fact (or 3)

We haven't upgraded our phones in awhile. We really see no need. What exact characteristic of ANY phone including the new iPhones is exactly supposed to be worth the bother (never mind the money)?

It also doesn't help that the S6 is trying too hard to look like an Apple product (no removable battery or SD card).

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

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[Nelson] HA HA [/Nelson]

This is a great opportunity to laugh at someone else's expense. It's also a good cautionary tale and something else to add to the list of "don't do that again". Hopefully everyone will learn from this and benefit.

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Re: Your own fault...

That's either sarcasm or you really and truly don't understand a thing we're talking about here.

The sad thing is that both are equally likely to be true.

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America helps ease Ericsson's pain

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I thought it was the 2 Bobs

When I heard that America helped east Ericsson's pain, I thought they were talking about how the US has crap labor protections and it's trivial to "cull the herd" any time there one of the Bobs feels like it.

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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Re: The penguinistas fear is showing through

In truth, you can still get Windows on optical disk. It's even significantly cheaper that way.

Pretty easy to see if you take 30 seconds to look on Amazon.

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Re: I hope they let users create bootable CDs or DVDs from the packaged USB drive

You can buy the OEM version of Win10 and an external DVD drive and still come out ahead.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Re: Yes

...except modern desktop systems are trivial to replace and don't sit close to the core of the system barely separated from the hardware.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: Installed it on several 2007-2009 spec machines.

You're kidding? Yet another Windows video driver model?

[facepalm]

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Re: SSD Essential

> I'd say an SSD is essential as a boot/OS drive for basically any hardware or OS now.

I used to think that. I was experiencing a lot of IO waits and blamed it all on Canonical. I juggled things around using multiple units of spinning rust trying to reduce contention. Even contemplated buying a nice fat SSD to replace my boot drive with.

...then it turns out that it was just a failing drive.

Once replaced with spinning rust that wasn't in the process of actively dying, all became well. Need for SSD upgrade averted.

Not all Operating Systems are created equal.

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Re: Minimum requirements

Windows 3.1 and 95 were both pigs until RAM prices finally dropped and I could go from 8M to 32M.

My first Win box started out at 4M and was immediately upgraded to 8M because 4M with 3.1 was just too painful coming from the ST (where 4M is a bloody bonanza).

I would not trust the minimum specs.

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Re: Ha

Obscure peripherals? What did you have in mind? I'm probably more into the "obscure" stuff and I'm a Linux user.

Besides, most people aren't interested in a SCSI microscope so crowing about it really isn't terribly relevant.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Contradictory nonsense.

> Funny that the Linux people cannot get it into their head

Your own comments have SQUAT to do with what "Linux people do". It's all about 3rd party support from parties like Microsoft or Intuit.

...also, I used the web version of Quickbooks on Linux 10 years ago.

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Re: 'just blow away the existing boot sector'

Linux will only overwrite Windows if you tell it to. Otherwise, it will leave it in place and give you a boot manager that acknowledges the existence of other operating systems and includes them in your boot options.

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Too much irony. Irony overload has occured.

> You appear to confuse "easy to use" with "efficient", and there is a VAST gap in between the two.

The OP has correctly pointed out that you have reverted back to a decent command line (Unix) versus a really bad one (DOS). The visual flimflam is just a distraction from this fact.

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Re: " Linux long ago reached parity with Windows and OS X."

> Yeah, even more so if you run business software or games ....

...which MacOS is certainly no good at.

If you want to pay for commercial software, Windows is pretty much it. MacOS is the same kind of ugly redheaded stepchild that Linux is. All of the effort put into marketing it (MacOS) hasn't really changed this much.

It's stupid when idiots try to lump MacOS in with Windows. It's more appropriately lumped in with Linux because of market share and 3rd party support.

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Re: Linux long ago reached parity with Windows and OS X.

The only thing Windows has going for it, the only thing it really had going for it, is the fact that it is the monopoly legacy platform. This goes back to the days of DOS.

If you aren't fixated on some WinDOS only program, Windows itself is highly optional and very interchangeable. Even the example of "needing" msoffice is bogus for most people. Although the notion that you can't get away from it is a nice triump of the trolls.

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Samsung stuffs 2 TERABYTES into flash drive for ordinary folk

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Re: Price

It was painful enough when I finally had to give up on cheap Seagates in favor of WD Red drives and that's nothing compared to one of these.

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