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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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Review: Living with Microsoft's new Surface Pro

Wibble
FAIL

Re: Very unfortunate

> Early reviews of the Pro has been overwhelmingly positive.

Bollocks.

Macrumors.com have a summary and it's quite scary.

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Wibble
Windows

Re: Apple, it's your move

Why would Apple want to create a mongrel Surface lookalike? Something that's neither a fully portable device for lightweight content consumption (think planes, trains & automobiles); too heavy for holding book-style; too short a battery life; expensive compared with the tablet competition (iPad & Android); nor is it a fully-functional laptop like any laptop (cough and the thing will fall to pieces off your lap); nor is it a desktop-style replacement....

In short, it's a bit of a mess.

Apple needn't -- and certainly won't -- do anything. This mongrel Surface won't be around for long.

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BT to end traffic throttling - claims capacity is FAT

Wibble
Unhappy

Re: A nice lady rang me up the other day...

>"Yes sir, we think you'll be able to get 3.6Mb/s..."

I dream of getting anything faster than 1Mb/s.

Living in the heart of Sussex and sod all bandwidth:-(

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Microsoft: Old Internet Explorer is terrible and 'we want to help'

Wibble
Windows

Re: Re-inventing the wheel again ?

And before Expression Web there was FrontPage. That sucked too.

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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

Wibble
Windows

Your . . . calculations . . . are . . . wrong . . . Office is free...!

We bought Office 2003 ten years ago and have absolutely no intention of ***grading to a later version which offers nothing new. Buggering about with the user interface doesn't constitute a new feature.

As Paul Allen said years ago, the biggest competitor to Office is previous versions of Office.

Anyone who accepts this MS BS deserves every minute of their impending rogering.

***grading: which one is it? It's surely not an UPgrade, that implies some benefit on my part. Maybe it's a DOWNgrade (that poxy ribbon qualifies). Maybe it's a SIDEgrade, but that's just inventing a new word, a bit like Microsoft inventing a new benefit for them, licensing & delivery, and calling it a benefit for the punter. Maybe it's an MEHgrade.

Meh.

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

Wibble
Paris Hilton

Existing vs "new" "users"**

@hitmouse

> ...the market for new users has exceeded the market of current users

Really? Just where are these "new" "users"** hiding? Anyone in work will be using Windows (tips nod to minority of Mac & Linix people) and by definition these will have used Windows, i.e. they're not new. Similarly for the computing at home crowd; most of them already have their computer systems and again, most of these will be Windows machines.

Apart from unborn babies or undiscovered tribes in the Amazon, where do these Windows virgins come from?

What's odd is that apparently the user interface had to be completely redesigned for these mythical people.

** Only two groups of people call their customers users: the IT industry and drugs pushers.

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Wibble
Childcatcher

Microsoft's conceited arrogance...

Microsoft seem to become more arrogant as time passes. When Microsoft produced Windows XP in 2001, they shipped it with two interfaces; Fisher-Price and Windows 2000. Looking at it now, there's hardly any difference, but obviously enough to concern Microsoft about alienating their user community.

Now wind forwards eleven years... Microsoft produce a radically different UI that will take most people a *lot* of getting used to -- and that's ignoring the valid argument that it's an inappropriate 'touch' UI foisted on a Keyboard/Mouse/Window interface.

This time Microsoft are so arrogant that they make not the slightest concession to people used to their "old" way of doing things. They produce a radically new operating system, Windows RT, which requires a leap of faith that you'll be able to get applications, and charge MORE than the market leading iPad.

Microsoft only have themselves to blame for this self-made mess.

It beggars belief that Microsoft can't see what's happening.

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UK way behind pack on broadband speed in Europe

Wibble
Mushroom

Bastard Telecom are the problem

BT have a monopoly and aren't afraid to use it. They drag their heels like a recalcitrant teenager demanding that their customers show them there's a market...

Of course it's the Government who allow the damn monopoly in the first place, but still fail to do anything substantial about directing it.

We're lucky we have any broadband as I'm sure BT would be more than happy to lease us lines and leave us with time-paid dial-up.

Come the revolution... A pox on their houses

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

Wibble
Holmes

Good luck Microsoft...

It'll be interesting to see if their vision becomes a reality; merging the fondle tablet and keyboad/mouse desktop genres. Time will tell weather it flops or flies.

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Review: Infiniti M35h hybrid sports saloon

Wibble
Holmes

Re: Small car please

> Plus if it "only" did the UK limit (+20-30) then it'd be open to accusations that it's slower than a Kia Picanto, which is a no-no for the people that would buy this kind of car!

OIC; having a powerful car like this means that you can overtake the Kia Picanto in the queue in front? Does it fly, or is it driven by Dave the salesman for whom queuing is optional...?

For someone who drives in the south of England countryside, there's sod all space to overtake on our crowded roads. And then get snarled up on the M25.

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Wibble
Holmes

Small car please

Would be great to see the fuel economy using that tech on a small car with a sensible engine power. Call me grandad, but I can't see the point of 300+HP when you only ever use less than the first 100. And why does one need a car that does 155MPH - which is 55MPH more than an instant ban.

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McDonalds burger app gives it to you straight from the horse's mouth

Wibble
Coat

Re: Beef

It's no good for you as it's all full of Shergar

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Google sinks millions into plush new £1bn London HQ

Wibble
Holmes

But...

With a bit of luck the money ended up being cycled around the UK economy, which, arguably, is more efficient than paying tax.

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Facebook shoves biz pal Microsoft aside, unzips new Graph Search

Wibble

It's something to make AdBlock easier; *facebook*

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

Wibble
Unhappy

Their market just isn't there...

An old-(business)-school SWOT test would show that there's very few Opportunities on the high street as the Tech has moved on. Alas the days of browsing in the crusty old record shop for some gem has well and truly gone. People download now and massive conglomerates (Amazon) or specialists deliver physical media.

People just don't buy albums any more. A store full of chart-bound shite just isn't interesting, especially as the price reflects the higher costs of providing the retail space.

Sad that the management team didn't embrace the web much earlier; in essence that's what did them in the end.

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Microsoft flings out emergency patch for Iatest gaping IE hole

Wibble
Boffin

Re: Neatly attacks the corporate/government assets

Checking for the last two weeks (busy site), the top 5 browsers:

Chrome - 33%

Internet Explorer - 25%

Safari - 21%

Firefox - 13%

Android Browser - 7%

IE's 25% breaks down to

IE9 - 60%

IE8 - 28%

IE7 - 7%

IE10 - 2.6%

IE6 - 0.98%

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Wibble
Mushroom

Neatly attacks the corporate/government assets

Thankfully IE's usage is dying on its backside, my logs are showing it at 24% and falling each month.

The problem is that big corporates and governments still use IE because of their standard builds, based upon Win XP and glacial slow update cycles. These environments rarely allow modern browsers, so IE usage on these estates will be 100%. This is a gift for the bad guys who can exploit IE with impunity. Once Microsoft patches this hole, it just leaves the rest of the IE sieve to patch.

It's really a failure of the IT department governance. But they're driven by policy, which is developed by the organisation which is run by people who've no idea what IT is... Such a sad state of affairs.

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'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

Wibble
Windows

Re: 2013: Microsofts' year of hell

Or anus horribilis

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Hey, Apple and Google: Stop trying to wolf the whole mobile pie

Wibble
Gimp

Re: Cloud Services

Mobile Me was good; iCloud not so good as they removed most of the good bits of MobileMe (gallery, cloud sharing, email collation).

What's odd is that I was quite content with paying for MobileMe and felt it was good value for money. Now I pay them nothing for iCloud.

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2012 in tech: Apple up the Cook without a paddle, ARM, slab wars... and MORE

Wibble
Gimp

Facebook's billion users?

Oh do pull the other one; it's got bells on it.

Facebook may have a billion accounts, but that's got sod all to do with the number of *active* users. Most, and I mean most, of these billion accounts will be test/fictitious/defunct accounts.

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When your squash partner 'endorses' your coding skills on LinkedIn...

Wibble

Re: So should I endorse back?

No. It's pointless.

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Wibble
Thumb Down

Re: "thumbs up"

Seems to be this rampant 'Merkinisation of the world... Can't just have a nice time, has to be "the greatest", "the best", "utterly fantastic".

What sets El Reg apart from the LinkedIn / FaceBook tosh is the downvotes. And my alter-ego. I'm massively uncomfortable about my "Real Name" on LinkedIn, hence my CV says sod all about what I really do.

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Trust the cloud with my PRECIOUS? You gotta be joking

Wibble

Re: Backup chaps, backup.

Anyone can backup. Only heroes recover

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Web devs gasp: HTML5 takes big step toward standardization

Wibble

Re: Glacial!?

Microsoft are always glacially slow in implementing anything to do with standards on their festering turd of a browser.

At the moment IE10 scores 320 on html5test.org; just about all other proper browsers are now scoring 400 or much more. It'll be IE11 before they will increase that score, always behind all other browsers.

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Wind, solar could provide 99.9% of ALL POWER by 2030

Wibble
Coat

Alternative energy AND an alternative plan

Nice to see (at face value at least) a radically alternative strategy. Nice balance to the nay sayers.

Might need my coat for winter though

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Adobe's revenge on Steve Jobs: HTML5

Wibble
Windows

Can't we also heap blame on IE?

Sure, Flash is one challenge in HTML5 adoption, but the other, possibly bigger challenge is that festering turd Internet Explorer.

Just run the HTML5Test.com and see that most browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera) are all scoring close to or above 400 out of 500 points. Internet Explorer 9 scores a dismal 138 and IE10 scores a barely adequate 320.

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Microsoft braces for Surface RT feedback storm

Wibble
Holmes

Web statistics...

Google Analytics webstats from a busy website, non-technical (health/lifestyle), transaction based (selling things). Period: 31st Oct to 30th Nov.

IE10 - 0.17%

In comparison, Opera gets 0.57%, Chrome 33.2%, Safari 18.18%, Firefox 15%, Android browser 6%.

I can't find any reference to IE10, Windows 8, or Windows phone in the mobile section (could be that Analytics doesn't recognise it?). The website gets 23% of its transactions from Mobile devices.

It would be fascinating to see El Reg's stats.

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