* Posts by Wibble

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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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That big UK gov leg up for small biz: SMEs bag just 1-in-10 G-Cloud deals

Wibble
Flame

G-Cloud

A bureaucratic solution to a bureaucratic problem with a liberal dose of additional process thrown in.

Small businesses don't have spare capacity hanging around to fill in forms for the box-ticking procurement process. Big companies do and they certainly charge for it.

Contract awards are now being held up as the procurement process grinds on. What a great way to start a project: late. Not because of some technical issue, but because the contract wasn't awarded in time. Of course smaller companies can't just swallow these delays.

Is it little wonder that only the big boys are playing.

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Don't trust us? Try these Office 365 stats, says Microsoft

Wibble
Facepalm

Re: M$ dying?

May I mention LibreOffice here?

(Had to use LibreOffice earlier today to open a .docx file that MS Werd refused to open)

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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

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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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