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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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Wibble
Meh

Re: Looks nice, but horrible to use

> Opera 12 and HTML5Test claims 404 points plus 9 bonus != my results

Proves the point nicely; ALL other browsers will be moving upwards. Microsoft will remain static as they're never updated.

As I was putting those numbers together, I realised that my Firefox was out of date (15 --> 17), so trying that again shows Firefox/17 as 392. So IE10 languishes as ever.

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Wibble
Mushroom

Re: Looks nice, but horrible to use

HTML5Test.com results...

* Chrome/23 = 448

* Safari/iPad = 386

* Opera/12 = 374

* Firefox/15 = 353

* IE10/rt = 320

* IE10/wait = 320

Question: which browser is at the bottom of the list...

As ever, it's the browser that's always at the bottom of the list and the browser that's least likely to be updated...

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'Microsoft to make its own Surface phones' - mutterings

Wibble
Coat

Re: Yay!

What's Clippy's name - Olive?

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Wibble
Devil

Foxconn?

What's wrong with Nokia - I thought Microsoft had 'bought' Nokia to build their phones? Well, at least they've bought Nokia's senior management;-)

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Google, Apple, eBay shouldn't pay taxes - people should pay taxes

Wibble
Headmaster

Re: Good article

Looks like we've got massed hordes of Daily Mail and Fox "news" commenting and downvoting any comment not conforming to their opinions.

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Wibble
Stop

Re: Biggest load of bollocks I have read in a long time

Another recursive posting.

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Wibble
Facepalm

Re: What a load of bollocks!

A fine example of a recursive post, I.e. your post is bollocks.

Now go and read the Dummies guide to Economics, then go and read the Dummies guide to posting on El Reg

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Asus VivoBook S200 11.6in touchscreen notebook review

Wibble
Holmes

It looks like a MacBook Air

But I expect it's made of plastic.

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HP: AUTONOMY 'misrepresented' its value by $5 BILLION, calls in SEC

Wibble
Megaphone

Two (more) words...

Due

Diligence

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Wibble
Megaphone

Two words...

Caveat

Emptor

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Why IT chiefs are irrelevant to Microsoft's Windows 8 strategy

Wibble
Gimp

Most people would respond "What's an operating system?"

I suppose half of the respondents said that they wanted to be a fire engine when they grow up.

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New Microsoft Windows chief 'shocked' by Sinofsky defenestration

Wibble

The thick of it?

Is this an omnishambles?

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Android and Apple OS shares show mountain MS must climb

Wibble
Boffin

Re: From my weblogs...

It's for all mobile devices. It's a transactional health & lifestyle website and represents a good cross-section of society -- definitely not technical.

As I understand it, when it comes to tablets there's one massive player, Apple. The others aren't anywhere near as popular.

I've checked the figures I gave and the iOS figures are 50/50 iPad/iPhone (judging by the resolutions), e.g. around 30% each.

Android large screens are about 8.5% (spread across about 15 screen resolutions).

Is there something wrong with these results?

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Wibble
Boffin

From my weblogs...

Just having a look at ye olde Google analytics for a busy "lifestyle" website, sorting by mobile device OS we have:

iOS = 67%

Android = 27%

Blackberry = 4.4%

Windows Phone = 0.7%

A bit like Windows 8; flopping in the noise.

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Sinofsky OFFSKI: Is Windows 9 now codenamed 'Defenestrate'?

Wibble
FAIL

Re: Proof that Windows 8 has flopped?

Hmm. Idiot: a person of low intelligence.

Attempting to use objective metrics to actually measure the usage of Windows 8 is a sign of low intelligence?

Windows 8 public release was 26th October, some 18 days of the sample period. It's been available as an enterprise version for about three months. It's also been available as an RC for 9 months...

I was expecting much higher numbers than that.

Still, the good news is IE6 is dying on its backside.

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Wibble
Boffin

Proof that Windows 8 has flopped?

Looking at some web logs -- for a busy "lifestyle" website -- the statistics speak for themselves. In the last month 13 Oct to 12 Nov, the stats are:

Chrome: 32%

Safari: 18%

IE9: 16%

Firefox: 14%

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IE10 (this is only available on Windows 8): 0.1%

The numbers are so low it places it in 40th place in the browser list, way behind IE6 in 23rd place with 0.32%!

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Apple granted patent for ebook page-turning

Wibble
Stop

It's an utter hateful experience

The sooner this pathetic skuomorphic trend is stopped the better. It's so early nineties.

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So you want an office of Apple Macs - here's a survival guide

Wibble

Re: RDP client is free from MS

And it's a bit cack. Irritating that you can't pass over the winkey to the host. Having said that, I use it all the time as I've found it the best of the bunch; CoRD just doesn't hack it.

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Wibble

There are third-party Apple resellers who offer a pretty good support service. An iMac that went titsup in our office was fixed by calling the reseller who sent an engineer around within a couple of hours and fixed it on-site.

Personally I'd prefer to deal with a reseller. A bit more personal. Given that there's no Apple discounts available (re-firb & academic stores aside), there's no reasons for not using them in a business context.

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Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset review

Wibble
Boffin

What's the browser like?

Curious what the bundled browser's like. Given that websites are now all optimised for Webkit browsers in Android & iPhone, does the WinPhone's IE work or is it buggy?

Can you download a WinPhone emulator a-la Android & iPhone?

Just a web developer wondering if Microsoft have learned from their past mistakes.

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Premature balloon burst thwarts US paper spaceplane attempt

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Thumb Up

T-Shirts

Can we buy El Reg T-Shirts? Just the attire for a typical geek.

Get to it...

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Lenovo IdeaPad U410 14in Ultrabook review

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Thumb Down

Low res screen

Ugh a stupid 768 high screen; it'll be like using a letterbox. That's fine on an 11" screen, but 14" should be at least 900 if not more.

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