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Patch iOS, OS X now: PDFs, JPEGs, URLs, web pages can pwn your kit

Wibble

Re: "maliciously crafted applications can execute arbitrary code outside the sandbox"

Thankfully the 30 spam messages today containing zip files which contain a file ending in .exe don't seem to have any affect. That's the nice thing about Windows attracting all the ner-do-wells; targeting Mac just ain't worth it for them.

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Wibble

Re: J...j...j...jerky scrolling...

Killed my mouse gestures after the update. Had to do a second reboot which cleared it.

Struth, two reboots in one month...

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HP exec: 'It's our GOD-GIVEN right' to rule the world of biz fondleslabs

Wibble

Most business does what...?

Looking around this office, computers are being used for process: email, accounts, bespoke applications, word processing, spreadsheets, software development, etc.

Any fewel knows that none of these applications work at all well on tablets, at the very least because you need your desk free for other items.

Looks like HP are not only late to market, but late to the wrong market!

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Wibble

Re: The one Modern App

A new weather website could be developed at any moment and you could start using that any time.

However, you won't ever get an alternative metro-weather app -- it's too much effort for MS to update, and it's too specialised a market for an application developer when compared with developing an HTML5 website.

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It's 2014 and Microsoft Windows PCs can still be owned by a JPEG

Wibble
Mushroom

Re: Fir for IE6??

$> del IE.exe

There, fixed it for ya.

Hmm, maybe we can improve that...:

$>rm Windows.exe

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Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

Wibble
Holmes

Expensive when 960GB is £350

For such an expensive case, it doesn't even match the colour nor style of my MacBook Pro!

Personally, I'd be more interested in a naked case so I could stuff in a Crucial 960GB at £350 and could finally use it for online backups of virtual machines (which are big).

Hopefully there'll be more like this to market soon.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

Wibble

Re: Backward compatibility ?

There's a big government programme to introduce "paperless working".

Thinking this through a bit, Office (et al) is only half of the problem. What about all the data stored in assorted databases across government? There's case working systems all over government, most (all?) are completely proprietary.

Goodness knows how you'll get at this data in 50 years. Heck, even 5 years hence.

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Wibble
Mushroom

Re: Open formats

Would make a much better T-shirt if it read:

Frankie Says ODF

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

Wibble
Windows

Re: it all begins to sound

> What is the solution though? to admit defeat in tablet and ditch Metro or to tweak it further?

Simply stop trying to force the touch metaphor on to a *non* touch-oriented desktop. Touch, including Metro, has a place, but not on a sodding desktop. Everybody knows this but for some reason MS have resolutely refused to listen.

It's like Microsoft want to commit corporate suicide. What's the point in moving from XP if there's no suitable replacement and Windows 7 is considered as dead-end technology

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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

Wibble
Gimp

Re: Block by default

Some JS is desirable, however the extreme cruft of a typical "modern" website is just excess and bloat.

Wouldn't it be nice to block certain types of pointless add-in JS such as UI style fiddlers (I know what a <select> looks like, I don't need you to style it and certainly not in 100KB), horrid scrolling galleries which suck CPU (and battery), and pointless animations.

It's astounding to think that the move to 5MB home pages is considered OK by some idiot designers. Oh, and before you add the "it's not that big when cached", you still have to download the bloat in order to cache it.

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

Wibble

Re: Oh yeah?

> As a Chromebook owner, I know I've got a lightweight, cheap, awesome little web browsing device that will never be able to effectively edit a single office document or spreadsheet beyond the most basic, juvenile-looking level

Errm, therefore you're saying that for a *work* device, the Chromebook's not particularly effective, whereas a full-fat MacBook Pro with it's full suite of development and creative tools is effective.

How could Google eat their own dogfood when it doesn't meet their *needs*? It's like you're saying that Sony should be using PS4's for their company computing devices (or Microsoft using Xbox RT Slablets)...

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Nominet seeks royal approval for pisspoor .uk domain name push

Wibble

Will it go to the .co.uk holder? Or .org.uk? Or...

Sounds like a bit of a fight may ensue...

Maybe it's Nominet's Christmas present to all the hard-up lawyers

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Think unpatched Win XP hole's not a big deal? Hope you trust your local users

Wibble

Re: Well, Well, Well

Don't you mean that it's another PDF reader vulnerability that's made worse by another Windows vulnerability?

A black cap for the pair of them.

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Wibble
Windows

Tin-foil hat time...

Anyone would think that Microsoft are sharing XP FUD as a strategy of driving more revenue from sales of later (broken in other ways?) operating systems...

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You have a Skype voicemail. PSYCHE! It's just some fiendish Trojan-flinging spam

Wibble
Mushroom

What's an EXE?

Is that something for "windros"? So for users of Androids, iPads, Macs.... nothing to see... move on....

What does SNAFU mean? Is it the new code word for Windows?

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

Wibble
Boffin

Re: Why Windows is doomed.

Proof of bloat:

VM running Windows XP is between 3 and 5GB

VM running Windows 7 is between 10 and 15GB

VM running Windows 8 is between 14 and 20GB

Most of this is due to the laugh-a-minute WinSXS directory.

Installed Visual Studio 2013 on a new Windows 2012 server install. This is now 55GB - and has never been fully used in anger. Whereas the Windows 2003 server running Visual Studio 2005 for the last five years has only grown to 22GB.

Conclusion: later versions of Windows are bloated.

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Why Microsoft absolutely DOESN'T need its own Steve Jobs

Wibble
Pint

@Pascal Monett: Re: Gates nailed if first time around

> I do fancy a Genghis Khan heading Microsoft though - as long as he directs his beheadings to his own personnel.

> What ? You don't want to put a proper Start Menu on Windows 8.2 ? <thwack!><thud><roll> Okay, anyone else opposed to that idea ? <silence> Good. Next point : porting DirectX to Linux as an open source project . . .

Thanks for the image. Made my day:-)

Just missing the "Now bring me the guy who came up with the Ribbon idea - and make sure he brings a silver platter"

3-2-1 back in the room...

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Wibble

Re: A fine line between Vision and Arrogance

You may know, but the User Interface doesn't expose this. There are principles of User Interface discoverability which TIFKAM drives a horse & cart through.

Which is the point: Microsoft seem to be like a little dog with a bone - we must get the tablet market back. But they're completely ignoring their massive user base which will couldn't care less about touch screens: those people who use a computer at work. TIFKAM on a large screen is ridiculous. Then reading "swipe up from the left" when I'll never have a large-scale touch screen is just ignorant.

Vision or arrogance? More like ignorance and infatuation.

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Wibble
Mushroom

Re: A fine line between Vision and Arrogance

> replace the rather weird start menu

Unfortunately with something that completely distracts one and looses one's context in the task at hand. The Start Menu may have been weird, but was functional. The start page with all it's irrelevant flashing nonsense is utterly unusable and is downright unproductive. IMHO.

> ALT+F4 to close a TIFKAM app

How the fuck am I supposed to know that? Worse still how on earth is *everyone* supposed to know that? You may as well have told me to run ps -ef 'poxy_app' | kill -123 What's wrong with a [X] in the upper right-hand corner? And why can't I run these damnable apps in windowed mode?

Jeez

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Wibble
Windows

A fine line between Vision and Arrogance

Never quite understood whether the new user interfaces being foisted on us are because *we* (the punters) lack vision to understand it, or *they* are just being arrogant and treating us like cash cow cattle.

It does seem that Microsoft's corporate culture is stuck in the past; we won the browser wars (yes granddad, but you lost it all in the end).

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What's wrong with Britain's computer scientists?

Wibble

Re: There's your problem right there.

You want geeks that can communicate... Might be a bit of a big ask!

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Wibble
Gimp

Re: There's your problem right there.

And project management. Deployment. Solutions architecture. Enterprise architecture. Test design and development. Documentation. UI design. Network design & build. PC support. Team management. Systems analysis & design...

Coding is just a a little part of the grand scheme of things.

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No more Service Packs for Microsoft Office? HA! Think again, Ballmer!

Wibble
Gimp

Re: I tire of all this (woe is middle-class, first-world me, apparently)

Munich seemed to have finally broken free of the Microsoft shackles and their world hasn't come to an end.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-munich-rejected-steve-ballmer-and-kicked-microsoft-out-of-the-city/

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Wibble
Gimp

Re: Oops. I'm ten years behind

One wonders if they've even bothered to fix the problems in Office 2003 in all the builds though Office 2013.

What's the point of "upgrading" from one "just good enough" version to another "just good enough" version?

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Decades ago, computing was saved by CMOS. Today, no hero is in sight

Wibble
Holmes

Massively parallel computing?

Surely giving us, say, 1024 CPU cores would increase performance quite a bit.

Apart from running JavaScript that is:-)

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

Wibble

Re: WTF?

Kind of a One Dimensional issue?

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AIR TIME! Our expert cosies up with the new top-end iPad

Wibble

Re: Older models

They're currently flogging iPad 4's for 20% off in the refurbished store. Makes them pretty good value.

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Apple ships cures for Mail, iBooks, MacBook Pro maladies

Wibble

Mouse problems fixed?

After upgrading to Mavericks, VMWare has problems with mouse clicks (double & triple clicking) and Firefox occasionally stops scrolling. That's not been fixed yet:-(

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iPAD AIR WORLD DEBUT: Our Australian team gets an early fondle

Wibble
WTF?

Should I upgrade from an iPad 1?

Should I suffer the slings and arrows and dig out an outrageous fortune to help Apple's balance sheet or not?

My 64Gb 3G iPad 1 still works. I can read, check emails, browse the web, read books, kill pigs... In fact pretty much everything that a later version will do. Sure, it'll be a bit faster and the screen will be better, but hey-ho, forking out the £659 quids (plus another case) seems a lot to get slightly better text rendering.

Hmm, that's an awful lot of Meh.

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Three million Adobe accounts hacked? Sorry, make that 38 MILLION

Wibble
Mushroom

... luddite phone home

And stop the damn software phoning home every time it's used.

Adobe's reaped what they've sown. There isn't a number small enough that would represent how much sympathy I have for them. Oh yes, it's not a number... zero.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

Wibble

Cars?

And how, prey, does one deal with car reception, not least because so few cars have DAB radios - and that's ignoring the real challenge of poorer reception.

Switchover: never.

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Email-sniffing Linkedin Intro NOT security threat, insists biz network

Wibble
Stop

It ain't worf it...

Having been a member of LinkedIn for years and a moderator of a busyish forum, I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that it's just not worth a carrot. It is infested with spammers and self-publicists and recruitment agencies trying to slurp your contacts.

The forums are pointless, mainly as it's related to your "real" persona, so one has to be really careful with everything said on pain of career repercussions later. Unlike here where one can say anything:-)

To be honest, I'm really wondering what would happen if I said sod it and killed the account. Sod all I should imagine.

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New MacBook Pro: What's actually new, here?

Wibble
Mushroom

@JDX

> I see nothing ridiculous about it. Most PC workers are not glued to the keyboard/mouse - certainly not the keyboard.

Oh perrlleease... If you're sitting coding, writing documents, planning projects, analysing data... you know, work, you're spending the day with your hands rested on the desk, fingers on the keyboard and using a mouse to move the various windows around the screen and focus on the *accuracy* you need to point at elements of a high-res screen.

Sod your idea of a mouse free interface; you'd end up with arms like Popeye and aching shoulders by elevensies. It's bad enough trying to raise your arms to point at the screen without the additional issue of *accuracy*. Then there's the issue of "resetting" your hands back to the keyboard: with a mouse, one moves one's hand to exactly the same place on the desk and use your fingers to manipulate the mouse, therefore one gets "muscle memory" to return your fingers to the keyboard.

OTOH, if you're flinging birds at pigs then there's no doubt a touch screen is better, 'cos Angry Birds is crap on my 27" Mac screen. But I suppose Angry Birds is designed for touch.

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Wibble

Oh, as in lift my hand off the desk or laptop it's resting on, move away from the mouse or touch pad, lean forwards and poke the screen with my fingernail ('cos the screen's at the wrong angle)? That's such an odd thing to do on a laptop; fine on a tablet, ridiculous on a desktop.

This touch-centric trend is just a fashion. Thankfully Apple have moved through the "one interface fits all" trials and have two optimised interfaces; one mouse-centric, the other touch centric.

Microsoft, on the other hand, are yet to learn that touch-centric operations on a desktop/laptop is sub-optimal to put it mildly. But hey, Microsoft aren't interested in listening to their customers as, apparently, Microsoft knows best.

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Wibble

No upgrades... ever

They get rather expensive to purchase when one cannot upgrade anything in them; the memory's soldered to the motherboard and the "disc" is proprietary. Over the life of, say, three years, it's not uncommon to replace at least the "disc" with something larger/faster. Not in this case.

Very nice, but all the costs are up-front. A fully-specced 15" is £2800. Ouch.

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It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

Wibble
Holmes

iPads are expensive?

Like laptops, when you compare like-with-like, the iPads come out pretty well. Arstechnica have a tablet comparison chart which is very interesting:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/the-ultimate-tablet-comparison-chart-with-the-new-ipads/

In the laptop arena, there's a ton of cheapo plastic grot on sale which are just plain awful when compared with high-end MacBooks. Same for tablets; even my old iPad 1 works better than many cheapo plastic grot tablets which inhabit the low-end of the market. Incredibly, that iPad 1 is probably still worth more second-hand than one can buy a new low-end tablet.

My point is that when you compare like-with-like -- retina display, computing power and speed, build quality, user experience -- there's not much which can hold a candle to an iPad, especially the new retina iPad Mini.

BTW have you ever used a tablet with a plastic screen? It's horrible!

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RUMBLINGS: Apple pondering 'Touch Cover keyboard' for iPads

Wibble
Coat

They could add a second iPad as a keyboard

Therefore it has an integrated battery and networking.

Might be a bit over-engineered though:-)

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America: Land of the free, still home of the BIGGEST spammers on the planet

Wibble

Interesting that the UK doesn't feature

Better not tell Tony Cameron and associates lest they'll want to "improve things":-)

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

Wibble

Re: Success???

> In the UK and Germany, it is over 10% and in Germany it is only about 4% behind the iPhone.

Source please.

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Wibble

Re: Still not getting RT

Erm, they do MS Office, sans macros, and you're not allowed to use MS Office commercially. So what? The world moved on.

There, fixed it for ya.

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Two years after Steve Jobs' death, how's that new CEO working out?

Wibble
Windows

Never let the facts get in front of a good argument...

I don't suppose you have the FACTS to back that assertion? Such as comparing like with like?

Many of the Apple devices cannot be compared with other companies due to the unique attributes that Apple create, e.g. the operating system and application ecosystem. You can't get iOS on non-Apple devices. You can't get OSX on non-Apple devices (no, not hackintosh).

When looking at Macs, please show me the *equivalent* device from another major manufacturer. Sony, Dell, et al, where equivalents do exist (e.g. screen resolution, performance, weight, size, CPU, etc.) are *always* more expensive than Macintosh. And you have to run that Windows shit.

Some of us are very happy running Apple kit. It works. Sure there's issues, but generally the benefits way way outweigh the drawbacks.

Now go and do some research to back up your opinion then share it with us.

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

Wibble

Re: Well yes... I guess

Shurely everything can be categorised as Progressive Rock?

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Facebook allows full personal data ransack with Graph Search

Wibble
Paris Hilton

Glad I'm not part of it

This whole soshal meeja thing will end in tears

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LinkedIn fires back against 'hack-and-spam' US class-action sue bomb

Wibble
Holmes

Re: Sharing contact lists in this mannor should be against DPA laws

Hmm, true, people have a "duty of care" to protect those in their email contacts.

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Microsoft announces iPad amnesty for fanbois

Wibble
WTF?

Need your head read!

How much are these worth on the eBay tat bazaar? Even iPad1's go for more than $200.

Quite frankly anyone who avails of this offer deserves it.

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Startup claims 1W wireless charging at 10 metres

Wibble
Boffin

Re: More than 100W

Errm isn't 2.4GHz or thereabouts the resonant frequency of "water" - that's how a microwave works. i.e. any other frequency doesn't.

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Autogyro legend Ken Wallis hangs up wings at 97

Wibble

Look, no hands!

That's the way to fly: no helmet, suit and all the other paraphernalia demanded by the H&S killjoys.

Wouldn't it have been great to have had him as your granddad.

RIP.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

Wibble
Thumb Down

Re: But what was the board doing

Oh yes, suits you sir. You're so skilled and infallible, slather slather yes yes....

It's the board that the shareholders should hold accountable for this mess. Their laurels must be worn out through sitting on them for so long.

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

Wibble
Pint

Bunga bunga party time!

But who will be the oaf that throws chairs and phones around?

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