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Vodafone flashes bulging package at Brits: New 4G service to rival EE, O2

Wibble
Mushroom

WTF has sport got to do with bandwidth?

One day they'll just offer the bandwidth, but only after it's wrested from a marketeer's cold, dead, hands.

Three's unlimited all-you-can-eat data package is still the best.

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

Wibble
Mushroom

Re: From the Department of The Bleedin Fekkin Obvious Department...

And what when I DON'T want to tell the website my email address? Oh, so I have to create a one-off hotmail address...

A right ballache that they are, Captchas still serve a useful purpose in keeping out bots.

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Microsoft offers IE 11 preview for Windows 7 ... but not Windows 8

Wibble
Facepalm

What is this "windows" prerequisite?

How am I going to install IE11 on my Mac?

Strange; I can run every other browser except IE. Ho hum, I guess I'll just have to get used to missing out on the excitement.

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What did the Romans ever do for us? Packet switching...

Wibble
Boffin

Morse isn't binary

Morse is more complex than simple binary. Morse uses dots & dashes, but also timing of the spaces between a dot & dash, between letters and the spacing between words.

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Microsoft admits it's '18 months behind' with Windows 8 slabs

Wibble

What is he taking???

Struth, the Microsoft coffee must have something else added to it: blind optimism.

Oh, I know the next upgrade: faith!

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Microsoft lathers up Windows 8.0 Surface RT for quick price shave

Wibble
WTF?

Re: Clue up

> iPad can't run Macintosh apps

But Apple have never *implied* that they could. Microsoft have been obfuscating the hell out of this attempting to get us to infer that an RT slablet is just like Windows -- even the name is "Windows" RT.

How on earth is a bog-standard person supposed to know the difference between a "Windows 8" PC, a "Windows RT" tablet and a "Windows Pro" tablet?

It restores my faith in the market that Microsoft's strategy has so obviously failed.

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BBC abandons 3D TV, cites 'disappointing' results

Wibble
Stop

3D and spectacle wearers...

What about the large proportion of people who wear spectacles; are they expected to wear the cheapo rubbish 3D spectacles over their normal glasses.

Are those marketing gimps complete dick-heads or do they just play at it?

Until 3D works properly without additional spectacles it is nothing but a waste of time.

Praise to the BBC for recognising this and stopping this nonsense.

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Microsoft Office 365 on iPhone NOW: No, we're not making this up

Wibble
Mushroom

Re: MS porting Office to iPhone - how HUMILIATING. Don't mention the NSA!!!

> Fact is an iPad with Office 365 will be considerable more expensive than a WinRT slab

I'd rather an iPad with stability, a proven track record and hundreds of thousands of applications to a version 1 Win RT doorstop any day.

MS will probably scrap Win RT by this time next year.

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Intel bakes smaller, slower flash memory. Aah, now that's progress

Wibble
Gimp

Struth

That's over twice as expensive as the Crucial SSD I've just bought. I'm glad I didn't wait!

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MacBook Air now uses PCIe flash... but who'd Apple buy it from?

Wibble

Re: Daft design...

I want to put some plastic heat-sensitive flowers on top to match the vase in my VW Beetle.

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

Wibble
Thumb Up

Re: It's not when they came out, it's when they stopped selling them.

> getting rid of the stupid 8 tab limitation on Safari

Use Atomic Web Browser - no tab limitations and includes AdBlock.

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Microsoft waves white flag: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

Wibble

Re: When?

Just bend over and wait...

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Wibble
Childcatcher

Re: VB Scripts - probably not

> VBA port

Why? One can live quite happily without VBA; just look at Office 2008

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Obama: Just call me Billygoat Gruff the Third, patent trolls

Wibble

Re: Just outlaw "Software" and "Method" patents

And gene patents...

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Wibble
Gimp

Re: Pull the other one - its got bells on it!

> *Whose* comments section?

Fox "news"?

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Motorola shows off tattoo and swallowable password hardware

Wibble
Holmes

Re: Users already have fingerprints

The challenge is to ensure the integrity of the biometric reader; that it can't be duped by a "rubber" finger, or that its output can't be compromised (not dissimilar to SSL).

It's one thing to extract a fingerprint off a glass; it's an entirely different challenge to create a "rubber" finger that will work on a biometric scanner.

And in any case, biometrics aren't just constrained to fingerprints; facial recognition, body measurements, iris scanning (albeit with challenges), etc.

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 secrets REVEALED ... sort of

Wibble
Gimp

Re: IE11 - The only browser built for touch?

Then WTF is this iPad browser then?

That Microsoft guy's just a swivel eyed loon in a gimp suit.

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

Wibble
Thumb Up

Also SayNoTo0870

Apart from being annoying, these non-geographic numbers are excruciatingly expensive to call from mobile phones.

Must also make a shout out to www.saynoto0870.com

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Microsoft conceals job ad in Bing homepage

Wibble
Facepalm

Re: Fail assumptions here

> I am guessing a fair few people have never had to design websites twice over in order to get them working.

So you've not heard of "Responsive Design" then? That's the latest let's have it three ways technique.

Still, the good news is that there's no Microsoft in the mobile world.

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MI5 spymasters axe intel database upgrade, pour '£90m' down drain

Wibble

Re: Hopefully milestone based payments?

You mean Millstone based payments?

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El Reg drills into Office 365: What's under the hood?

Wibble

Re: TIKFAM?!

Was it the spel czecker?

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Police arrest suspect in BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY

Wibble
Facepalm

Re: bollocks

> i dont reply to none, i mailbomb them 20,000 of the same "f you" to start off with

Maybe this is one of those 'merkin things we Europeans will never understand, like giving guns to everyone will reduce gun crime.

Someone sending you spam means you spam them back 20,000 times over... Nope, still doesn't make sense. Especially as you run the risk of being flagged as a spammer, hence you then get your outbound email blocked, or worse still your ISP gets blocked (mine will then fine me if I cause them to be blocked).

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Ubuntu 13.04: No privacy controls as promised, but hey - photo search!

Wibble
Unhappy

Doesn't look ver *work* oriented

Seems more play oriented than doing work.

Whilst it's nice to do some photo managing, it's hardly the raison d'etre of a computer -- unless you're a photo geek. Similarly all that search crap.

I couldn't imagine simply replacing one of the major operating systems for that load of fluff that is Ubuntu. Still, as someone's bound to point out, I don't have to as there's plenty of work related distros.

I honestly thought that about three years ago we could look forwards to Ubuntu seriously making inroads into the Windows dominated desktop, especially in corporates and business. There's no chance of this making the cut. And windows lives on...

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jQuery 2.0 kicks old Internet Explorer versions to the curb

Wibble
Gimp

The big issue preventing migration is that the existing applications are "done"; there is no more development being done with them. Whether this is right or wrong is moot; the fact is there won't be any more updating to the applications until they're completely replaced.

Business generally doesn't give a hoot about tech. They only care about budgets and planning.

Therefore IE-centric applications will continue for some considerable time yet.

(As evidenced by the number of companies/government departments running IE in "Compatibility" mode for all intranet applications.)

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Foxconn must pay Microsoft for EVERY Android thing it makes

Wibble
Windows

Re: Micosoft FOAD

They're doing their best to comply with your wish.

The patent trolling shows just how low they can stoop.

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Office for Android, iOS pushed back to late 2014?

Wibble
WTF?

Re: What's the next stunning innovation?

I do hope those Redmond idiots haven't discovered skeuomorphism. That's just the sort of useless crap they'd foist on the world whilst falsely claiming its utility.

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Wibble
Holmes

Re: Who cares anyway ?...

Trouble is that a tablet makes a really rubbish client for "work". Fine for lightweight editing, but horrible for anything more substantial. For that you need a keyboard and mouse...

I've had Pages for years on this iPad and would never use it to create 'real' documents of substance. The thought of using Word is just as repugnant.

It'll be nice to open a word document for review, but it'll never pass muster.

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Wibble
FAIL

What's the next stunning innovation?

What radical innovations are they going to come up with in the next version of office? A different colour scheme? Change the ribbon to something even more useless? More shit to add to the shit nobody uses?

14 versions of a word processor and they still haven't got it right. Jeez.

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Giant ad company (Google) offers tool assessing worth of ads

Wibble

Ad, ha, what is it good for...

With a tiny space available, there's no room for adverts. Even free crApps are bloody annoying.

Sure, on a desktop there's space for the blinking ads, and like spam there's sure to be some dullards who'll click on the shiny button.

Ads for mobiles have to be very different.

And then there's Adblock (e.g. Atomic Web Browser in the iPhone)

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Next Windows 8 version can ditch bits of Metro

Wibble
Boffin

How to get rid of TIKFAM

http://classicshell.sourceforge.net

Et voila! The damnable start screen disappears in a flash!

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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

Wibble
Happy

Re: Facepalm...

I cycle with my half-horsepower engine (I only have two legs) and breathe and fart just as much as any car driver. Car drivers don't follow me. They pass me. Or, when they're in traffic, I pass them. In fact any time a car is going less than 15 mile per hour, except when we're at traffic lights:-), I'll be passing them.

So, for a journey across town, I'll do 15 miles per hour average whilst the car drivers still sit in their traffic jams drinking fuel and belching smoke.

There's also the small issue of fitness. Cycling is the best form of exercise to get the circulation going. This, in theory at least, keeps me fitter than the driving community and out of hospital.

But the best thing is that I ride on the roads for free and don't pay any taxes nor mandatory insurance. You know what, I don't give a fuck. I see it as a tax on lazy bastards in their cages.

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Microsoft Surface Pro will land in UK in WEEKS*

Wibble
WTF?

I will be buying them for all the directors, managers and other senior staff globally in my company.

Is your industry PR? Is your major account Microsoft?

Why then didn't Microsoft give them to you?

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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

Wibble

Re: IE10 also adds support for 30 new web standards that were not supported in IE9

IE9,IE8, IE7, IE6, IE5 (which they call quirks mode)...

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Wibble

Re: standards

How many IE developers does it take to change a lightbulb?

None, they just (attempt) to redefi e darkness as the standard.

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Wibble

From my web logs, IE10/w8 is running at 0.8% compared with Chrome's 34%. All the IE's bundled together only reach 24%.

This will have no effect on IE's decline as the only effect will be IE9 being replaced with IE10

Anyone with a choice doesn't choose IE

And in any case IE10 is still the *worst* modern browser, scoring a lowly 320 on the HTML5Test. As ever, IE is born to stagnate when compared with all other browsers.

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Wibble

Re: I have XP here so no use

They added 10Gb to WinSXS. Makes VMs massive

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Dell's Ubuntu dev laptop gets much-needed display boost

Wibble
Stop

Re: 1080p _is_ low resolution

Personally I'd prefer a square screen, say 2000 x 2000 at high resolution. That way one can properly edit two documents side-by-side, or have a decent amount of code showing with a bunch of other windows beside it.

I utterly refuse to have any screens with a lower than 1200 vertical resolution.

My colleague has two 1920 x 1200 screens rotated vertically on his desk. That works very well.

I just don't see why we've ended up with the bloody marketing gimps giving us these damn letterboxes.

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Wibble
Thumb Down

1080p _is_ low resolution

It's the vertical height that's the problem.

A laptop isn't a bloody telly; it's to do work on. Work requires a decent vertical resolution, unless you like looking through letterboxes.

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Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

Wibble
Go

Moo. Mooooo. Mooooooooo.

Milk that cash cow....

Sod the future... they know it's rather limited, so milk milk milk whilst they can.

Moo.

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Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

Wibble

Re: IE10 in corporate

> spel czeck

Every other browser has this...

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Apple: iOS 6.1 network overload caused by our Exchange SYNC OF DOOM

Wibble
Holmes

Not the only problem

There's something about the phone and/or iOS which is far more unreliable than previous versions. Lots of forum based evidence of something happening.

I watch my phone dropping in and out of 3G when it's sitting on a desk. Four bars, drops to 1 bar, then no 3G, then "Searching", then 1 bar, then back to 4 bars and 3G. I've just changed provider (3's all-you-can-eat data plan) so don't know if it's the new provider or if it's the phone.

There's another issue widely reported where the phone drops the signal and doesn't pick it up until the phone's rebooted.

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Apple refreshes MacBook Pro range

Wibble
Facepalm

Re: *splutter* How much??

Oooh, you're so right. £1,249 for a 13" MacBook Pro with retina screen, 2.5GHz, 8Gb, 128Gb flash, when you could have:

  • a plastic Sony Vaio with a slower 2GHz processor, a cack low res letterbox 1366x768 screen for a mere £1,513 (http://www.sony.co.uk/customise/vaio-t-series).
  • A corporate drone laptop from Dell (Ultrabook XPS 13) with a letterbox screen complete with crapware demos for £1,230 + delivery

Yeah, Apple are *so* expensive.

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Get up, shake off the hangover: These 57 Microsoft holes won't fix themselves

Wibble

Re: 57 Varieties

Mongrel code strikes again. So looking forwards to another night of server patching:-(

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Coming soon: Open source JavaFX for iOS, Android

Wibble

Oh this is a good one...

Wow, we get a ringside seat watching Oracle getting birch slapped by Apple for daring to wrest control of the desktop.

Oracle: we'd like you to put this programming language into your App Store. It'll mean loads more applications can be easily created for iOS devices, richer Internet applications, world peace, etc., etc.

Apple: no.

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Only way to stop the iPad: Flash-disk mutant SPEED FREAKS

Wibble
Gimp

Re: Sooner?

I bought one of those for my MacBook Pro and found no appreciable difference in speed compared with a normal disc. Never bothered since.

It's amazing that hard discs haven't changed size for the last 18 months. The biggest 2.5" 9.5mm 7200RPM drive is still 750Gb. Need all that space for the VMs and prog rock.

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Microsoft needs to keep visible under waves of Blue

Wibble
Megaphone

Re: Subscription service?

@wibble

"The real irony is that IBM used to sell software mainly by subscription and Microsoft showed the world that you could buy and not rent software. It's like Microsoft have regressed to IBM's 1970's play book."

Eeek... Microsoft stealing Big Blue's business strategy right down to stealing their name!

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Wibble
Windows

Re: Subscription service?

From a business perspective, subscription is the way to go. Any business person knows that little and often is way more profitable than one off.

But... Customers will only subscribe if they perceive a benefit, particularly price. All I can see is Microsoft strong-arming their punters^H^H^H customers into paying for sod all. Let's face it, the so-called improvements to the desktop and Office in the last decade are pretty minimal and mainly aesthetic. Business is quite happily running XP & Office 2003.

The real irony is that IBM used to sell software mainly by subscription and Microsoft showed the world that you could buy and not rent software. It's like Microsoft have regressed to IBM's 1970's play book.

With this much competition, Microsoft's mediocrity is their biggest challenge. And their conceited arrogance to assume people will accept a subscription lock-in.

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Every single Internet Explorer at risk of drive-by hacks until Patch Tuesday

Wibble

Re: @Gray

I read it as he was implying that Microsoft had fucked up an already shite browser during a subsequent 'improvement'/update.

My problem is that IE6 on XP hasn't had an 'improvement', well, since SP3.

Quite frankly it's a dreadful state of affairs.

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200 million office workers gagging for a... Microsoft Surface?

Wibble

Re: very dubious figures

At home

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Wibble
WTF?

What's a "Surface"?

I've heard of an iPad. I've used an iPhone. I've seen Android. But I ain't never seen me one of them thar Surface thingies.

Where the feck does this bunch of PR shills find 10,000 "normal" people who've heard of a Surface, let alone have any desire to use one.

I bet the "interview" went something like this:

Q: Would you use a Surface if your company gave you one?

A: What's that?

Q: It's just like an iPad

A: If my company gave me one, yes.

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