* Posts by Wibble

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Analyst: iPhone 7 points to price jump

Wibble

Re: Apple phone prices have rocketed!

> £120 more, Brexit, etc.

Why then is the 6s still the old price?

Because they can shove up the price of the new phone whilst people are distracted by the shiney from the price hike?

Was going to buy a new phone for the wife - for a change she'd get the new one, and I'd skip the upgrade as my 6 is fine. So thought it would be nice to get it when it was released. Then saw the price and thought bollocks to the price gouging bastards. Wife's not that interested anyway, so just not bothering.

The reality is the 7 is a lightweight incremental update with a massive issue -- no headphone socket -- and nothing that's "must have" to counteract this. Waterproof's nice, but meh, haven't managed to dunk any previous phones in the last 25 years, so it's not that important. Not having a headphone socket is a massive pain as we've several expensive wired headphones (so definitely not Beats) and proper call-centre headsets -- a £10 tax to Apple on top of the £120 is just taking the piss.

But this nicely sums up Apple. Their market's now millenials and hipsters with fashionable tat passing off as innovative tech. That 'watch' says it all where the strap's worth more than the bit in the middle.

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Wibble
Mushroom

Apple phone prices have rocketed!

Seen the difference between an iPhone 6s 128GB at £699 and the 'new' iPhone 7 at £819...

Not a lot for your extra £120 quids.

Maybe it's more expensive because of the scarcity of innovation. And no headphone socket.

Just like their OS "updates". Nothing to see, move on...

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Apple iPhone 7 launch hysteria? Not in Viking land

Wibble

Re: Once maybe

"They're the kind of sad losers whose self worth and validation is tied in to owning the latest trendy gadgets. A lot of them probably still live with their parents."

Not sure the iPhone is trendy any longer. It is a lot more expensive than the previous version though - maybe because that scarce resource "innovation" is missing, just like the headphone socket. Even shiny black was available on the iPhone 3

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Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography

Wibble

Re: Norway should declare war on Facebook

Wonder if FB pays any tax in Norway -- given it's not part of the EU?

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

Wibble

IE's nowhere near that figure. Safari's much more - just look at your iOS stats.

Probably something around 50% chrome, 30% Safari (which is mainly iOS) and 10% IE

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

Wibble
Windows

Re: A lonely voice pissing in the wind.

Hubris driven by Narcissism.

There's little doubt that there *is* a use for FB; it's an amazing platform for arranging events and selling things (e.g. like eBay without the fees). However, the cost of using FB is way way too high which overrides the benefits.

Costs include the constant vapid drivel; the endless tracking; hours spent looking at cat videos; and the knowledge that you'll never get this time back. Says he commenting on El Reg...

And they're lying bastards. "We need to know your real details to protect your "friends"". Why don't you pay *me* for reading your shite.

I feel like I went into the opium den and had a lucky escape. Life without FB is good.

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

Wibble

I've got a 5 year old 17" Macbook Pro which I will need to replace in the next year or three.

My problem is this: I have fitted a 2TB SSD and 16GB of RAM. The top-of-the-range MBPs have less storage and the same RAM. That's in 5 years.

Also screens are smaller, shinier (don't like reflections); I can't change the SSDs for more space (or remove it if it goes in for repair); they don't have network connections (I know that WiFi is prevalent, but not if security's an issue); they've lost the DVD (useful for watching DVDs whilst on holiday, plus work stuff!)

So what do they have. Thinner machines -- was that a problem? Higher resolution screens are nice.

It's a whole pile of meh. Hence there's no rush to upgrade.

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

Wibble
Mushroom

Block bootstap bloat

These endless bloated bootstrap websites that run huge JavaScript libraries and monster images which aren't optimised would be a start. Whatever happened to svelte programming?

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

Wibble

Re: Unfamiliar name

What is this Windows 10 of which you speak?

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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

Wibble
Unhappy

Innovation changes the game; innovation is not incremental technological development

So, lets get this right. There's like this screen thing which is really good (i.e. the retina screens fitted to all iPhones for the last several years), and the "innovation" is fitting a screen which is really good, but three microns thinner.

Shirley innovation is developing a truly 3D experience. Or one which at least emits light outside of our visual range. Or something *innovative*. Just incrementally enhancing a screen to be "a bit better" isn't innovative.

Innovation is somewhat intangible. Innovation in this context is something that's game changing and the whole market follows. The original iPhone was staggeringly innovative. Never before had we seen the gestures or such a simple interface. It was an utter game changer as copied by all subsequent manufacturers. It was so innovative that it immediately lent itself to the tablet market from which an entire industry was born.

The fingerprint reading home button. That's innovation. (and you can easily use proper strong pass phrases as opposed to 9999 numbers which everyone can see you enter)

The current incarnations of iPhones are just plain "meh". Slightly bigger. Yawn. Slightly thinner. Yawn. Slightly better camera. Yawn. Slightly more breaky in your pocket as a result of this "innovation", yeah right. No doubt the next one will be a screen that goes to the edge which you can't grip tightly.

And the watch... What's the point of a watch that can't stay permanently attached to your wrist no matter what you do? Oh, leave it in the swimming pool locker or on the beach to be stolen... You want to use it to log your swimming exercise, water temperature, etc., but you can't. You couldn't take it camping or hiking as the battery's too small. That's the definition of a fashionable trinklet.

Agreed, it's early days for the watch, but it's nowhere near as innovative or game changing as the original iPhone or iPad.

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Wibble

Can we have some innovation please Apple

The iPhone was innovation at its best.

The iPad was moderately innovative - lets face it it's fundimentally just a big iPhone - but it did spawn a whole new market which never existed before (Windows tablets were cack at the time).

The watch is innovative in that it's never been done before, but what's the point of a watch that's not waterproof and needs recharging daily? It seems to be a bit of a poseur's trinket rather than genuinely useful.

The Mac's are now dull. Little innovation going on except for making them more proprietary than ever. Making them thinner isn't necessary nor innovative. Still need to change SSDs periodically, such as when flogging the thing, but Apple has this locked up.

The Apple telly thing is just getting you to pay for downloading more Apple stuff and locks you in to their expensive tunes/store. It's also up against Amazon's stuff which is cheaper.

Lets hope that Apple are about to sort out in-car infotainment systems - 'cos the car manufacturers are making a hash of it. Lots of innovation there and a high-value market.

On the whole Apple's getting a bit "meh".

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IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit

Wibble

"reformed EU"

Which choice -- in or out -- will hasten that reform?

Business, especially large multi-nationals, hate uncertainty.

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Embattled 123-reg flings six months' free hosting at angry customers

Wibble
Facepalm

Re: 30%...

They're the 30% of customers who had a DR solution in place?

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Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

Wibble
Mushroom

I call that 123 bollocks.

There's no way on earth that they have 115 THOUSAND SERVERS. At 42 servers per rack, that's 2740 full height racks - if you can get 50 racks in a double-decker bus, then you'd need 55 London buses, consuming the floor space of three micro-Wales. They are talking about VPS'

The 67 SERVERS would be the things they ran this untested script on. With each one hosting, [finger in the air] 20 VPS', this would be 1200 VPS's deleted.

Which is why I personally know of three different VPS' -- including my WIP dev VPS -- which has been deleted.

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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

Wibble
Childcatcher

Re: Saddo!

> Is your mac over 5 years old?

Yes... It's used daily for development running multiple VMs, has loads of music, etc. So why no upgrade...?

Partly because the current Macs are not upgradable and full of proprietary SSDs and the memory's not upgradable.

Partly because the performance of a 5 year old MacBook Pro with discs replaced with a 2TB SSD, is not far off of a current MBP.

Partly because there's no need to update as it works fine.

Partly because you can't get 17" MBPs.

Partly because there's no need to splaff £2500 on a new MBP with only marginal benefits. To be fair, the old machine would still fetch well over £1000 on eBay.

etc, etc, etc.

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Oracle's website, social media to wear sandwich board of shame over Java SE insecurity

Wibble
Holmes

> Until the infatuation with java stops in the offices of consumer industry, we will lug that millstone around with naught to do but complain.

And the alternative to Java for embedded systems is....?

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Heart Internet in 22-hour TITSUP after data centre power stuffup

Wibble

The servers may be up...

But the databases (our database anyway) was taken roughly from behind.

Still, it's sooo useful to discover that the backups weren't any good. Will it ever come back to life...?

Arse. Feck. Nuns.

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So, GDS saved Brits £1.7bn through 'digital transformation'. Sure about that?

Wibble

Save here, loose there...

Given the amount of work that's gone abroad to the lowest bidders who just say yes, there must be quite a drop in tax paid by UK contractors who've been replaced with Jonny foreigner.

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

Wibble
Gimp

Re: MSFT is cooking with gas

Hmm, Werd version 1 was released in 1990 or thereabouts. MS released office 4.2 around 1994, which was one of the better versions.

So that makes the office suite around 25 years old and it predates the internet FFS.

What's the next version going to be called - Office Davros? Lets have some regeneration added, yeah, have some glowing gold buttons, that should do it.

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Wibble
Facepalm

Why so few new features?

Could it be that the codebase is a horrid mess of antiquated code with hack upon hack and that the only things they can mess with are the front-end and bolt on more bloat?

It's staggering how each office version seems to do things slower than previous versions and that they've got away with this for so long.

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Wibble

Re: A few things are needed to make Office great again

Office 2011 for the Mac runs... no.. walks... no.. crawls. It's ludicrously slow. Werd is quick to load the first page of a doc, but then you can't do anything until it's parsed the document, which frequently takes 15 seconds.

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iOS 9 update set to bork 'hundreds of thousands of EU businesses'

Wibble

Re: Hardly a surprise though

My iPhone and car seem to hate each other. It takes three or four goes and frequently a reboot to get the iPone to connect to the car. Then it frequently screws up and goes into gaga mode.

And it's a shite phone. Sometimes wish I had a good old-fashioned Nokia as a phone.

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Microsoft Edges bets on browser-only Skype

Wibble

Hmm, browser extensions that give access to your mic & camera. What could possibly go wrong?

Who's sponsoring this; the NSA?

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

Wibble

Re: Meh

Masters of the Progressive Rock genre: such as Echoes, the 23 minute masterpiece (the track I'd like played at my funeral!). Or the whole of Dark Side of the Moon which should be played in its entirety (maybe Money could be left out). Same with Wish You Were Here.

Later 'Floyd was more rock than prog as the tracks were less groundbreaking which started with the wall, but is really obvious in the Final Cut (a good album, but very different to DSotM).

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

Wibble
Mushroom

Re: Theft is indeed theft

Oh, you mean it has everything to do with them stealing my CPU cycles, heating up my computer and therefore costing me more in electricity to display their distracting animated nonsense?

It's nonsense as I refuse to look at it and specifically adblock any new instances and reload the page (if I can be bothered with staying on that site).

Now, why is it that Google's popular? Could it be the benign (i.e. non-distracting) nature of their adverts? Let me look at Yahoo!!! for a moment just to check.... Aarrgghhh, my retinas are bleeding, that's hideous!

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Doctor Who returns to our screens next week – so, WHO is the worst Time Lord of them all?

Wibble

Re: Dr Who vs. the writers?

Ugh, Jenna-Louise Coleman. IMHO easily the worst companion ever. Poorly cast and just poorly acted. I'd even prefer Ace to that wooden "impossible gurl". Struth, K9 has more feeling.

For me the best companion was Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane). Something about her.

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Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

Wibble
Alert

Obfuscation is the name of the game

Sure, you can (allegedly) turn off the data harvesting, but first you've got to find out how. Microsoft aren't going to help you in any way or highlight how much they're taking.

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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

Wibble

> Adobe paid a lot of money to acquire Macromedia.

And they've slowly binned most of Macromedia's good bits to eliminate the competition. Like Fireworks. Dreamweaver's hardly had any updates, ColdFusion, etc... Flash had it's good points, but needed some real effort put into security and performance. Now it's too late as other technologies have replaced it.

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Have an iPhone? Mac? Just about anything else Apple flogs? Patch now

Wibble
WTF?

Re: Unlike Android

http://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT1222

Granted that this really does show a *lot* of security updates, it's sad to see that they only bang on about the Apple music application. Most of those "issues" I "fixed" by installing Ecoute. The Apple music application formerly known as iTunes truly sucks donkey balls.

iOS 8.4.1

This release includes improvements and fixes to Apple Music.

• Resolves issues that could prevent turning on iCloud Music Library

• Resolves an issue that hides added music because Apple Music was set to show offline music only

• Provides a way to add songs to a new playlist if there aren't any playlists to choose from

• Resolves an issue that may show different artwork for an album on other devices

• Resolves several issues for artists while posting to Connect

• Fixes an issue where tapping Love doesn't work as expected while listening to Beats 1

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT1222

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

Wibble

Like that pointless ribbon

That screen real-estate hogging ribbon is another example. Bloody clutter for no good reason.

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The Q7: Audi’s big SUV goes from tosspot to tip-top

Wibble
Paris Hilton

Another white van, how appropriate

it appears to be missing the signage from the side. After all it's the size of a transit van.

Maybe it's me, but every time I see one of those on the road I can't help thinking what tasteless tosser would buy one of those. Obviously they'll sell well in those bastions of sophistication Essex and Cheshire.

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

Wibble
Happy

Re: noooooo!!!!

Some more lunchtime reading...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Story-about-Reading-Railroad-Books/dp/0448421658/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Veet-Men-Hair-Removal-Cream/dp/B000KKNQBK/ref=cm_rdp_product

http://www.amazon.com/Parents-Open-Carry-Brian-Jeffs/dp/1618081012/ref=sr_1_1

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Force Touch tweak: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Wibble
Big Brother

Difficult to justify the upgrade expense

I've the last of the 17" MBPs which is now over three years old. I'd normally "upgrade" the machine every three years as it leads a hard life, used for 8 - 10 hours a day. I replaced the disc with a Crucial 1Tb SSD and the thing is very good.

Looking at the benchmarks (http://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks), my 3 1/2 year old machine scores 11,000 compared with the latest MBP at 14,800. Sure, that's a nice improvement, but only 25% (and that's not comparing the performance increase an SSD gives the old machine).

So, what would I get from Apple if I paid them their £2600?

Well, no optical drive obviously. Nor would I get a network port. Nor the remote control (I do use this occasionally). I can't change the disc, nor memory (not that this is an issue). The ability to change hard disc is really important to me as I need to periodically update the 'disk' as new hardware is available, but most importantly, I can remove the hard disc if the machine needs to go in for a service -- I could then mount the disc on another machine in the meantime.

I do get a machine that's thinner. Well, thinner than my existing machine which is quite thin enough. I do get a screen that's smaller. Sure, the retina would be nice, but I spend a lot of my working life connected to a thunderbolt display.

In other words, sod all really. Certainly not £2600 for a bunch of grief, plus the issues with disc.

Not impressed. It's obvious that I should wait another year until the new Intel chipset is available before updating.

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NSA dragnet domestic phone records slurp halted after key spying powers lapse

Wibble
Gimp

Will it matter?

Won't the NSA just use GCHQ to do their spying for them -- legally?

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

Wibble

Re: too late, I'm already gone...

I was with you there until you mentioned PS4. That's made by Sony who live in the 7th layer of hell along with Adobe. Up against them MS almost appear to be saints.

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Wibble
Windows

What's changed in the last few years?

Win 10 is an incremental improvement on Win 7, unlike the tosh that was W8. Hardware's incrementally improving, but there's no great leaps in performance as per the multi-core changes of a few years ago. New features such as touch screens (on desktops & laptops) aren't gaining traction.

There's competition now from tablets & phones on the domestic space which wasn't there before.

So it's boring. No compelling reason to update desktops or laptops and it's hardly surprising that the market's flat or falling.

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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

Wibble

All software patents should be outlawed. They're completely inappropriate for patent protection. Copyright maybe, but not patents.

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EE springs Wi-Fi phone calls on not-spot sufferers, Tube riders

Wibble

Re: But will they pay for access?

So they can use the "free" WiFi and not bother installing/upgrading their base station.

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Wibble

But will they pay for access?

So EE will just use the WiFi network to make the call. But will they pay for using that bandwidth? Will they discount the call? Of course not.

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Amazon listens to MORE of your private stuff

Wibble
Mushroom

If you've nothing to hide...

... as the world has given up on any semblance of privacy by allowing tracking (phones), network analysis (social networking, phone usage), personal interests (Amazon, et al), audio monitoring (siri, et al), video monitoring (xbox, Samsung, etc)....

It will all ends in tears I tell ye...

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

Wibble
Flame

Awful screen

The cover/first photo shows the awful washed-out screen reflecting everything around it. Would hate to have to use that on a daily basis.

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

Wibble

Unclear

I can't quite make out what you're saying here. The first 128 bytes (4096 bits) are encrypted, then the rest of the file left in the clear. Bad.

Using XOR is secure, provided the mask is "random". That technique has been used forever. Good (or OK), depending on the mask.

Not sure where the AES128 comes in.

Sounds like a bug in the encryption. Bad, very bad.

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Project Spartan: We get our claws on Microsoft's browser for Windows 10

Wibble
Gimp

Fork of IE?

The only fork I would lift for any IE would be the one to dig the 6 foot hole in the ground to bury the code.

I would have expected that the mess of code in IE is the last thing you want to port. If they did use this code, then we can face years of stupid errors rearing their ugly heads over and over again.

We all need IE. Once. To download a proper browser.

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

Wibble

Re: Mac vs Windows laptops?

> If it's Windows software you are developing then the Mac generally sucks.

Yeah, right. You put the Windows in a VM and develop on that. You can have several VMs for different scenarios (like all the poxy IEs). All the development VMs can be copied from a single installation which you remove all the Windows shite. Even Microsoft ships pre-built VMs for testing IEs on websites (I downloaded the set of three the other day: IE9, 10, 11 on Win7. And as the Windows isn't going to be used for anything other than development, you don't need all the AV shite, orofice, or any of the other CPU-hogging cack that comes with Windows.

If, as *I* inferred from the OP, you are developing Java or J2EE, then a Mac makes for a really nice environment. Eclipse works well along with Maven and all the other development tools which are ported to a Mac environment. OK, there's no Tortoise port, so you end up using Versions or suchlike.

It's as simple as this: the majority of all "enterprise" developers I know use Macs. Admittedly I happen to know a lot of freelancers, consultants and contractors, but the fact stands.

So what's the alternative to a Mac... A horrid plastic laptop with letterbox-sized washed out screen running Windos. Haven't you got any pride in yourself man? A plumber's toolkit costs many times more than a Mac...

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Wibble
Mushroom

It's not expensive

As has been said, look at the MBA with other laptops on a like-for-like basis and you're unlikely to find anything cheaper. And you don't have to put up with that Windows mess.

Oh, and don't forget to add your "anti virus" subscriptions and an asbestos mat to protect your lap from the gnad-cooking Windows laptop...

Arrgghhh, you've got me going now... Why is it that all windows laptops try to look like Apple laptops, but fail in virtually ever way: nasty plastic cases that flex and creak, massive power bricks, washed-out screens that are utter shite, pathetic letter-box format aspect ratios which prevent you from working, keyboards that have useless keypads so your hands are permanently offset to the left, pathetic piddly little trackpads that don't work, loaded with crapware that's nigh-on impossible to remove, stickers all over the keyboard proclaiming it's a lemon or intel or something, a CPU running at max chat so the fan is permanently on, and that filthy horrible Windows mess that is ridiculously difficult to use...

Now I'm going to have a cold shower...

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

Wibble

Re: Hang on...

Isn't Flash / SWF interpreted? In which case it's the interpreter that needs patching?

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

Wibble

Met office

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Wibble

Re: Interesting counterpoint to all the koolaid

Like the new met office website. Stupid kids pulling the wool over the eyes of the crusty managers.

Result is millions spent and an utterly unusable website.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

Wibble

Updates is all that matters...

The biggest issue with IE is it's glacial update cycle. Updates only ever seem to fix the legion security issues and rarely update it's functionality. Compare that with Chrome & Firefox which are updated in pretty much monthly cycles.

Whenever I have to test a site using an IE, it just looks, errm, crap. There's something about the way that IE looks and interacts that makes it look and feel like an unfinished amateur product. Just take the naff way it handles <select> dropdowns with it's script-kiddie JQuery-esque animation. But I suppose this is the same for all of Windows when you compare it to other operating systems.

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

Wibble
Thumb Up

Available as t-shirts?

Where can we get them as a T-Shirt... I'll have the set.

Preferably proceeds to the families...

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