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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

Wibble

Is that the IE box model commonly known as the "broken box model"?

Whatever; the fact was that MS decided to ignore the standards.

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Wibble

Re: IDEs

So IE users use edlin?

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

Wibble

Re: Purgatory

Looks like the MS fanbois -- or PR twonks -- are out in force with their downvoting...

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Mushroom

Purgatory

Microsoft should be forced to maintain these browsers in perpetuity as a penance for foisting such utterly appalling code on the world. And they should all wear hair shirts for two days a week.

As an alternative, their company is condemned to insignificance. Seems to be their current strategy.

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One in 12 Tweeps are bots

Wibble

Re: A plague of bots

> I run a large club, and we use a mostly automated feed to remind people of the events we organise

Why not simply email them?

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Wibble

Tried it once, didn't like it

I thought it would be great to give twitter a go during the opening ceremony of the Olympics; an excellent opportunity to get the back-chatter to a massive event.

What a load of utter crap. Spammers a spamming; so much off-topic nonsense. Worse of all was all the PR twonks pushing their client du jour (in this case something called one dimension - I believe it's some form of exploitation of children).

Since then I've never found an urge to waste more time.

And I'm posting here. Hmm.

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Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage

Wibble

Re: Outbid!

Is that related to Bulgarian Airbags perchance?

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

Wibble

Re: Broadcast TV is a dinosaur

Please, do explain what you're talking about...

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Wibble

Use iPlayer...

I'd love to use iPlayer, but I live in central Sussex where Bastard Telecom can't be arsed to install fast broadband - I get 1M bit/sec (or 130KB).

So I'm stuck with using the catchup channels.

BTW I'd forgotten that there were shopping channels, etc. I retuned at switchover then set up my favourite 30 or so channels and have never missed the dross.

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Wibble

Re: Gigabit fibre optic broadband

If we valued the future we should do both: fibre everywhere and transport infrastructure. That's what the Victorians would have done.

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AWS hell no: Can Microsoft Azure sales beat Amazon's cloud?

Wibble

Loadsa AC's in here...

Strange to see so many people posting AC, especially when extolling one particular viewpoint.

Nice to see Trevor feet-first in the mêlée!

It's good to see some people with experience of using Azure counterbalancing the AC's.

Are there a lot of people posting from Reading?

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Experts gathered round corpse of PC market: It's ALIVE! Alive, we tell you

Wibble

Must give him/her some credit for using capital letters and avoiding s2pid abbreviations.

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

Wibble

Re: Drop in Ipad sales / saturated market?

Totally agree.

My iPad 1 with 64GB runs pretty much all I need. I'd like to upgrade, but the later iPad versions don't offer anything substantially different from what I've got. Sure, they're lighter, faster, better screen, but nothing *trully* compelling.

If the next iPad has the fingerprint sensor, that might make it worth the upgrade, but it's still an awful lot of dosh for fundamentally incremental improvements.

Quite frankly, it's the same for the MacBook Pro. I've a three year old 17" one and the latest versions have no compelling update: the CPUs are a few percent faster and the screens are great, but counteract that with the smaller screen (17" vs 15"), they're massively more expensive, they've no built-in DVD reader, you can't upgrade the disc or memory...

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Price cuts, new features coming for Office 365 small biz customers

Wibble

Why update at all?

Office 2003 was the zenith of Office development. All releases since then add little and completely screw usability.

FFS table formatting is still broken; formatting images is painful; it still crashes.

Don't fall for Microsoft's money making scam. You know it's not worth it.

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

Wibble

Must . . control . . the . . plebs . . .

Welcome to the free world where you're free to do anything "they" say you can do as long as you ask them first... (or let them spy on you).

Have you got something to hide????

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

Wibble

Re: No matter how they approach ....

Just like fixing their bloody websites... Can you do a website for me (I develop them for a living). Yes, but it'll cost you. How much they say. Well, I don't know what you want, but lets say between 10 and 20 days, so somewhere between, lets say £2 to £5k but could be more. Eeek, that's not like the adverts for One and One on the telly.

Yep, please do.

I do get pissed off as they don't do that for their accountants, lawyers, surveyors and other professions, yet they do do this for us "IT" people. FFS we have to defend our reputation for being overpaid geeks...

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Wibble

Re: An Excuse!

I've been plagued by people asking me to sort out their computers for years. But thanks to the nice people in Redmond, that's all stopped now: I have no qualms in declining anything whatsoever to do with Windows 8. "Sorry, I know nothing about it and cannot use it"

I never thought that I'd see a reason for the world using Windows 8 until the nice Mr Dabbs pointed that out. Funny how unintended consequences have positive outcomes.

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

Wibble

Re: "Wouldn't use them myself" <> scam

Also... They're a scam because they employ considerable passing off techniques; similar typography and design (much like grocery manufacturers to to market leaders).

If they're morally dubious and adding no value, then they're they're probably scammers.

This is now getting more mainstream coverage in the UK -- for instance Money Box on Radio 4. From what I see of this change to the market-leading web browser -- Chrome -- this is simply going to aid the scammers, so expect a lot more of the "I've been conned" stories in the future.

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It's GOOD to get RAIN on your upgrade parade: Crucial M550 1TB SSD

Wibble

Re: Power savings

> Anyway, after reading that I'm not sure my PC will have a hard disk for much longer.

I updated my Mac last year with the M500. It was so fast it was like I had a new machine. I love the silence; the reliability, but most of all I love the speed.

Worth every penny. Can't recommend highly enough.

Now if they could hurry up and increase the SSD to 2TB as I want to add another couple of Prog Rock tracks to the file system;-)

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Microsoft beats cloud drum as revenues remain solid but flat

Wibble

@AC - windows stats

> 75% market share of servers, about 90% on desktops - growing rapidly on mobile phones - doesnt seem so in the near future.

That's utter utter bollocks. More servers run Linux than Windows - check out the stats. The desktop is a declining market and few companies would even think of rolling out that W8 turd.

WTF has TIFKAM got to do with anything? Apart from proving Microsoft's pig-headed bombastic approach to customer research.

Are you Scott Forstall? If you are, then well done for killing Microsoft in conjunction with your pal Monkey Boy. I always thought Microsoft's competition would bring it down, not internal politics...

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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