* Posts by Spoonsinger

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FinFisher, the spyware loved by cruel dictators, stomps all over human rights, says UK govt

Spoonsinger

I'm still waiting for my shiny silver suit and jetpack,

but in the mean time isn't this technology actually available to everyone in this day and age? It's just whether you have the motivation/time/funding to employ it which is the problem.

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

Spoonsinger

Re: -Adobe Photoshop inventor Thomas Knoll???

'creator', I think is the word you are looking for.

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PEAK WINDOWS 7 may well be behind us

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Re: -PEAK WINDOWS 7 may well be behind us

Umm maybe. Well until it's found out what the actual Windows X+ licensing will be when it's released. (i.e. it's all a bit foggy at the moment for the up and coming release in that respect)

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

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Re: "QuickEdit Mode"

Umm - well on Win7 anyway in quick "QuickEdit Mode" you can highlight and right mouse click to copy, then right mouse click to paste what you just highlighted. (Ctrl+C, Crtl+V just gives ^C & ^V respectively). Was it better in XP? (like some sort of weird deprecated feature - like a usable file explorer?).

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Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn!

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Re: A year ago the price was 36

Buy on the build up to the new release, but sell before the release. That seems to be the common pattern on such things. Also don't look at what you could have made if you held out, just relish in the fact you made a profit.

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Re: "hell, they should be forced to use Windows ME."

Really? bringing up ME? - (in the parlance of the youth of today - apparently), "that's so last century". Shirely you could get a more modern example of their shenanigans?

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

Spoonsinger

Umm, I have this device....

It's sitting next to me. Built out of bits and pieces, (actually quite good bits and pieces) and running a legal version of Windows 7 Pro. I'm totally willing to support this device till it dies or becomes obsolete to my work.

The question is "will they support this device, if I upgrade, until the motherboards caps burn and die"? If so can I continue to upgrade to future Windows 'n', (where 'n' is bigger or equal to 'X'), with a different motherboard but same setup, without significant hassle and cost, based on my current setup?

ps

I'm totally prepared to coax this setup to the foreseeable future. (which is a lot shorter as you get older and a lot longer than the young perceive - but they will have the enjoyment of that time dilation experience later)

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Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

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Re:- by going to Maplin.

Everytime I go to my local Maplin I get accosted by spotty teen floor staff at the entrance asking whether 'they can help?'. It's probably the most annoying shopping experience I've endured trying to actually get into a shop while wanting to purchase the thing I need immediately. Knowing their mark up is based on the emergency factor anyway, they should preclude having to run that annoying gauntlet to get the bits people need.

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In the Year of Our Bong, 2015

Spoonsinger

Obviously bongs should also go to.

1) IT/Tech sites which went all touch friendly, abet not going the full monty because they like their icon design - so it's naff on a big screen and naff on a tablet.

2) IT/Tech sites which employ moderators who are too young, (or ignorant), to know that Gupta SQL Windows was actually a product.

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

Spoonsinger

Actually this highlights quite a nice free market competition lead peer review system developing.

i.e.

Company G) Companies M software has a bug, we've told them, they didn't do anything about it, we will tell everyone else. (including the punters).

Company M) Oh!, you're going to play it like that are you? OK, this is the bug we told you about sometime back and you didn't do anything about it. Finger is now hovering over the 'enter' key. Not backing down? ok!, it's pressed.

(Some iterations of above later).

Company G) Ok, point taken. But what if we pool our efforts, (because you and us have common ground now), we can go after that Company A - mainly because they are smug and can be quite lackadaisical.

Win win for the consumer.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Spoonsinger

Right I have had the time to look at this on a tablet.

Yes!, you have made it all big chubby finger friendly, but at what cost? The chubby fingered couldn't give a fig about IT. I suspect most of your viewers are in work, (i.e. not retired - the most chubby fingered of them lot), and view it at their desktop. (i.e. a proper screen with keyboard/mouse combination and don't want to scroll down through white space for a quick IT infomation fix).

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Spoonsinger

WTF have you done to this site?

It looks all crappy circa 2011 tablet orientated. (Basically the same sort of kak Ars Technica did and that was - and still is - just pants).

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New look ?

Spoonsinger

WTF have you done to this site?

It looks all crappy circa 2011 tablet orientated. (Basically the same sort of kak Ars Technica did and that was - and still is - just pants).

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

Spoonsinger

Wow! - I mean WOW!

Why all the hate from various posters and in fact the article writer? I mean Sir Clive isn't going to come around to your house and shoot you in the face for not buying into it. Just move on if you don't have an interest.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

Spoonsinger

Re: "I wouldn't touch normal US bacon with a shitty stick "

Agreed US bacon is shite, but it would normally be covered with some sort of syrup. The trick is knowing if that syrup is HFCS based or actual maple.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

Spoonsinger

Re: not “plug compatible” in software terms

Good point on the 100mBit thingy - although people these days are spoiled - I remember bla, bla, bla. Anyway I was just going for the 'If you can find a trusted source of software' bit.

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Re: not “plug compatible” in software terms

Re:- "In theory - Beagle same as PI is a 100MBit Ethernet. So if you are looking at 1G which is essential for a decent thin client this will do (if you can find a trusted source of software)."

The Beaglebone Black already has an O/S & desktop on board when you get it, so no need to download anything if you don't want to.

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Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

Spoonsinger

Re: Windows 8.0->8.1->8.1u1->8.1u2 !!!

Sigh. Windows 8.1 is a different O/S version to Windows 8. It's not a service patch. What's so difficult about this concept? (Well obviously apart from the naming convention, but we are all grown ups here and the nomenclature is irrelevant).

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Spoonsinger

Re: Does anybody know how many XP patches have been released since support expired?

Yes. Somebody out their knows - but I suspect you'll have to define your terms more clearly to get an accurate answer.

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Windows XP market share FELL OFF A CLIFF in October

Spoonsinger

Re: Why Split Windows 8 - misleading

Because they are different O/S versions and not just a simple service patch. You might as well say why not combine Vista/Windows 7 or Win2k & XP.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Coat

Re: What?

Yep!, ignorant peeps believe in a panacea. Not saying I cared for most of those examples you gave, but the platform has kept a roof over my head for the period you stated, and hasn't when applied appropriately over your somewhat short period,(in the scheme of things), provided anything unresolvable, in the sphere of the technology it encompasses then and now.

Yes I hate their internal politics, horrible business practices, and the fact when something is deprecated they manage to remove it from their support sites almost immediately - ignoring the fact that the internet has a memory. Yet they still provide a viable option for peeps who have a life, (both in a development role or support). IGMC -because.

ps

Revolution is for the youngsters - but they will get old eventually and know.

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Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody

Spoonsinger

I'm old - as I've never heard of him.

Anyway nice Telegraph style advertising piece. (I only assume it's an advertising piece because you don't normally do this for other books - be it praise worthy or not.)

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Lights off, nappies on! It's Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within

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Happy

Re: Is that a...

I assume you are talking about "The lights are on, but nobody's home. Or so it seems" piccy.

Yes!, - probably one of the weird keyboard ones. (Although they have put on those flimsy eighties plastic filter things over the screen to make it B&W rather than B&G. Not sure how they did that, but it's the future!).

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Nvidia's screaming new Maxwell GPUs bring 4K gaming to notebooks

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Coat

Re: 1023x768

I think you are missing a column. Maybe send it back :-)

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

Spoonsinger
Windows

Re: "UNIX generally uses Ctrl-Insert to copy, and Shift-Insert to paste....."

This is also true for Windows 'Windowed' Applications - generally(*), but obviously not the CMD line. Always preferred Ctrl-Insert/Shift-Insert over Ctrl-C/V - Maybe my hands are too large or hang over the keyboard in a more UNIX'y fashion? :-)

(*) Most applications which don't support that seem to be cross platform jobbies.

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'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

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Headmaster

Pah!, back in the day...

ref "Nudist On The Late Shift" - Po Bronson.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

Spoonsinger
Windows

Read all the above and now feel abit peckish.

Buttered Bath Buns!

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Yahoo!... Our Alibaba stake's worth BILLIONS. Oh – our shares are in the toilet

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Coat

Upright '!'s....

Is it actually possible to get a consistent Register standard on Yahoo !'s. (i.e. whether it's italic or upright). It's just confusing. That's to say if '!' in italics is a different slant, (erm), to a story over an upright '!', then it would be helpful to know where the Register is coming from on any particular article. (Obviously a Reg articles will be pointedly witty in this respect anyway, but a joke is only pertinent if the audience as a whole gets it. Terminology is a form of exclusion. In jokes more so)

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

Spoonsinger
Windows

What are you waiting for?

Erm, I was waiting for Sir Sinclair to pop and say "Hey! You! No! You can't go sticking my royally appointed name on any old horribly designed product. I could do that myself. Besides everyone knows that a PSION series 5 makes a cooler looking Spectrum Emulator even if it's on a black on grey screen." (His words probably not mine).

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

Spoonsinger

Re: Alistair Dabbs

">> the Will Self of the IT world

>Except much shorter, poorer and less likely to get published in New Statesman or The Guardian. I >know this because I tried.

Their loss."

Maybe if he dressed up like Molly Ringwald?

(Not saying that's a good tactic, and probably not a good look for him, but.... - nope just write for the Register thank you very much, gentile poverty is the way to go)

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Spoonsinger

Re:- Alistair Dabbs

So on image and presentation, basically the Will Self of the IT world. Not saying it's a bad thing, but unless he takes coke on a plane with a prime minister and does a weekly commute from the Shetlands or Orkney's, (can't remember which) to London, I can't take his opinions on board. (Mind he is still a good read).

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Spoonsinger

Re: "And yet it was Watson who moved out of Baker Street and got married"

Mrs Hudson, reading between the lines, was on tap, and rather sympathetic to the two "bachelors" living together, up to the point of Watson's deviance to marriage. A very modern women, looking back, on all accounts, (although in a long term perspective, just a normal women).

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

Spoonsinger

Re: Painfully obvious how to make a successful platform--Unixish, C++, OpenGL

Objective C isn't a super set of C++, it's C with smalltalk'esk addon's.

Linux kernel is written in C, Android is Java stuff stuck on top of it.

Windows Phone, (i.e. CE in the old days, or current mangliing), is written in C.

(Mk 2 - Should be non controversial as they are facts or maybe opinion - not entirely sure why the last post was rejected - ummm).

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Mexicans! accuse! Yahoo! of! using! corrupt! judge! to! dodge! $2.7bn! payout!

Spoonsinger

Re: Italic !'s - Why?

Cheers, was under the impression they were all straight up, but the slantyness does make sense.

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Spoonsinger

Italic !'s - Why?

Did I miss a memo?

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Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

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Flame

I, for one, welcome our big glowy deity.

letters - because the forum software said I needed them.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

Spoonsinger

Re: "Then sue, if their corners are round."

Looking at the watch I think Casio could probably have some sort of come back from their early late seventies/early eighties designs.

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The Schmidt hits the clan: Google chief mauls publishers' 'abuse of dominance' claims

Spoonsinger

RE: "it’s not the case that Google is "the gateway to the internet" as the publishers suggest."

Just Googled this, and apparently he's wrong. (which I suspect is the way the article was going towards anyway).

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

Spoonsinger

Re: Dapper Drake

Ah!, now that was a good release. Happy days.

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The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

Spoonsinger
Windows

Vote UKIP!

errmm, sorry wrong website :-)

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

Spoonsinger

Re : - F < And they'll have yer arm off as well.

So that includes any high street mobile phone shop selling one of their contracts then? (I just feel greasy even typing 'high street mobile phone shop').

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Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

Spoonsinger

Re: "Doing fheir best to bury it, being their pals at apple.."

Actually they had it all night on the world service. So it's probably just actual license payers they hate or assume the locals shouldn't bother themselves with such matter.

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Spoonsinger

I'm now officially old.

Never heard of any of the people apart from Kirsten Dunst, and never really interested in her anyway. She is probably a very nice person, but head proportions are not right - it's subjective.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

Spoonsinger

Re: Why is Win 8 and Win 8.1 seperated?

Umm because Win 8.1 is to Win 8 as Windows 7 is to Vista. They removed stuff and added/improved stuff. Service patches generally only fix stuff which is there already - although you will probably point out many exceptions, (i.e. XP and a firewall - mind XP patches didn't remove stuff).

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Tim Cook: 'I'd call what's going on in fondleslabs a speed bump'

Spoonsinger

Tim, choose one or more from the definition of "denial"

n.

1. A refusal to comply with or satisfy a request.

2.

a. A refusal to grant the truth of a statement or allegation; a contradiction.

b. Law The opposing by a defendant of an allegation of the plaintiff.

3.

a. A refusal to accept or believe something, such as a doctrine or belief.

b. Psychology An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.

4. The act of disowning or disavowing; repudiation.

5. Abstinence; self-denial.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

Spoonsinger

Re: Rent Control is the way forward and the only answer.

Sorry, Rent Control isn't the answer. All that does is put an extra level of bureaucracy to a critical supply/demand situation. That extra level of bureaucracy will skew the rents by a) location of the administrators of the policy, (i.e. London), and b) Housing Benefit - which is seen as a base line to the actual rental market regardless of location, and c) The lack of control on people who still have a mortgage/debt but are able to get an an additional mortgage to buy a property in order to rent - The paid rent of which is probably backed up by Housing Benefit.

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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

Spoonsinger

Re: and maybe DELL, according to this

Mind Forbes thinks that London is the most influential city on the Earth because of the lack of inertia in the "Global Market's", rather than the fact that it's slightly less 'stabby' than New York.

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