* Posts by Wibble

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Ballmer predicts 400 MILLION Win 8 Surface and Lumia fumblers

Wibble

Re: I hate the way Microsoft deliberately confuses the market...

Just like iPhone & iPad applications are totally interchangeable. Not.

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Wibble
WTF?

Re: What counts as a tablet?

> That's the problem for developers = develop for w8's 400M devices

Wrong wrong wrong

Each platform is utterly different--tablet, desktop, phone, all completely different THAT is the problem for developers; be it the three different user interfaces, the different presentation metaphors or just plain operating system features, you will need to develop three different versions.

Stop spreading these MIcrosoft-sponsored lies.

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Wibble
Windows

I hate the way Microsoft deliberately confuses the market...

There are many different devices; NT based Windows 8, phone based windows phone, and tablet based Windows RT. Microsoft seems to think that calling them all Windows 8 means they're all the same.

They're not the same thing and never will be.

Lies, damn lies and Microsoft PR bullshit.

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WD touts slimline external HDDs

Wibble
Gimp

500Gb is pretty small

Ooh, look at my little one. Not only is it small on the outside, but it has little capacity either, barely enough for a time machine backup.

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Internet Explorer needs fresh dev infusion for a full recovery

Wibble
WTF?

Re: I actually switched back to IE recently

Good for you.

Would you please be kind and go around and install IE10 on the 100 million other systems which aren't running Windows 8. What's that, you can't?

You obviously don't develop for a living as you wouldn't be using the non-existent development tools. Nor do you support thousands of desktops. Nor use all the myriad other add-ons which the other browsers support. And you're only running W8...

All of these are reasons why IE remains a festering turd of a browser.

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Wibble
Mushroom

It's not cool to bash IE...

We bash IE because it is a festering pile of proprietary bug-ridden crap.

I personally bash IE because I am sick of the amount of extra time it takes to build a website - the cost of which has to be borne by all. IE10, 11, 12 may be more reliable and better support standards, but what of the festering crap that remains? IE7 and IE8 wil last forever as you can't upgrade this on XP.

Those of us who work in the real world are thoroughly sick of Microsoft's shenanigans and don't forgive in a hurry and especially as we're still cleaning up the mess on a daily basis.

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Windows 7 passes XP, Mac OS X passes Vista

Wibble
Headmaster

Mac OS9 --> OSX

Apple's jump from OS9 to OSX was a complete change of operating system, as big a jump as Windows was to NT.

On the other hand, Microsoft's upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 is incremental as far as the desktop is concerned. However they are releasing a completely new OS in the form of Windows RT which runs on a totally different platform, ARM, which they've never supported before, i.e. it's not an upgrade, it's something new.

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Windows Phone 8: What Nokia and Microsoft MUST do

Wibble
Headmaster

Re: another Poorly researched poorly written Nokia / MS bashing article

You're entitled to your opinions.

I thought it was a great article by Andrew. It really did read as if he'd lived with the phones for a while and came up with some very interesting and valid conclusions. It's nice to see an article that stands out from the crowd.

Microsoft have a massive hill -- of their own making -- to climb. This is just the start of some very interesting times for all Smartphone producers.

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Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

Wibble
Coat

There probably is an option to "turn that Metro shit off" but nobody can find it.

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Toshiba pulls out of Windows RT tablet push

Wibble
Headmaster

Wait & see?

A timely and convenient excuse to leave the party and see if it's worth coming back later. Especially after hearing rumours of $200 retail price for the Microsoft proof of concept surface.

How to make a small fortune from tablets... first start with a big one.

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'$199' Surface tablets: So crazy it might work, or just crazy?

Wibble
Gimp

A full-sized slab is a lot more expensive to manufacture than a phone-sized device.

£50 sounds way way way way way way way too cheap; you couldn't even buy the components for that price (less VAT, retailer's profit, shipping costs....)

The benchmark is the iPad. Skimp on components and you're down in the low-quality end of the market, with all the crap Android fondle-slabs. Microsoft want to produce a "quality experience", that means it needs to be *better* than the iPad. That costs money -- exactly the point the author has made.

So unless Microsoft are going to subsidise each surface slab to the tune of £300 each -- which is unsustainable -- the basis of this 'rumour' is just PR FUD, or some fanboi who doesn't understand economics.

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Wibble

Re: PR FUD ALERT *** PR FUD ALERT *** PR FUD ALERT

s / buffing / boffins / g

Bloody iPad spel chekker

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Wibble
Gimp

PR FUD ALERT *** PR FUD ALERT *** PR FUD ALERT

Press release... Microsoft have developed a magic fondle slab that their buffing have grown from a single pubic hair plucked from Ballmer's backside.

Quality costs money, yer cannae change the laws of physics captain!

One definitely cannot change the laws of economics; if Microsoft are really thinking about subsidising their demo slab, it'll cost them their company.

Tosh.

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BBC gives itself a gold in 700Gbit-a-second Olympic vid sprint

Wibble
Windows

Re: Freeview

There's a lot less shite on Freeview than Freesat. And you don't need to nail a pleb dish to the side of one's dwelling.

For the first time ever I would have liked to have had access to all 24 BBC channels, but it's all over now and I haven't enough time to watch Freeview let alone 200+ channels of complete shite on Sky, not to mention paying Murdock hundreds and hundreds of quid for the displeasure.

The BBC should have been mentioned in the opening ceremony. One of the UK's greatest achievements.

BTW why "Team GB and Northern Ireland"? Why not Team UK?

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Lone config file in Mac OS X SIGNALS DEATH OF THE DVD

Wibble
Windows

Security air gap

CD / DVD drives are really useful for moving files across an air-gap network where USB drives are forbidden. They're also easy to shred once done.

Not that Apple give a damn.

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Don't get sued or cuffed on Twitter: Read these top 10 pitfalls

Wibble
Windows

Tweet in haste...

Repent at leisure

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Greens wage war on clean low-carbon renewable energy

Wibble

Geo exporting

I've often wondered why obviously geothermal rich countries such as Iceland don't export electricity. I suppose transporting it is the main challenge.

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Analyst says Surface could hurt Ultrabook, Windows 8 tablets

Wibble
Gimp

Re: Microsoft only have themselves to blame

> 8th version of NT

Errm, not on a tablet it ain't. It'll be the first version of the new Metro tablet which has "been written from the ground up". MS call it artie (RT); that's their first version.

You can't use a plain NT kernel on a tablet for exactly the same reasons you can't use NT on a phone; battery life. This is why iOS has a completely different scheduler that doesn't multi-task in the normal way (time slicing with background applications). This is why Microsoft's original tablets sucked donkey balls; massive lumps of plastic with sod all battery life running applications which were not optimised for tablets (e.g. finger/stylus).

The fact that you claim NT is on its 8th iteration (3.1, 3.5, 3.51, 4, 5, 5.1, 6, 6.1) means you've missed the point and are listening to Microsoft too much; Microsoft want you to think that RT == NT but in reality RT != NT.

On a tablet it's the first iteration (8).

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Wibble
Holmes

Microsoft only have themselves to blame

This pickle Microsoft find themselves in is a direct result of being late to market. They can't set prices; they have to follow. Apple have sewn up the market in setting the leading technology (iPad) and have set the price. Anything near Apple's price will naturally be compared with the market leader (it sounds just like a Golf). If you've low quality offerings, you can only race to the bottom, hence all the cheapo tat running Android.

Producing an equivalent product to the iPad will be difficult as Apple have really sewn up the manufacturing systems with massive economies of scale, not to mention shed loads of lawyers.

Then there's the issue of a version 1 product. The iPad is approaching it's 6th iteration of the underlying software. Unlike Microsoft, Apple still keep the keyboard/window/mouse-centric Mac OSX separate from the tablet-centric iOS. Microsoft are embarking on releasing their first proper tablet OS whilst confusing the world with "it's Windows everywhere", running the risk of damaging their core desktop OS in the process.

It's such fun watching this. It's like watching a playground fight between two bullies.

Need a popcorn icon:-)

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Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review

Wibble
FAIL

Full screen still broken

Full screen mode hasn't been fixed. If you've multiple monitors -- normal for a laptop -- when you put an application into full screen it 'blanks' the other screen by displaying a rather naff canvas background. Apparently Apple thinks that full screen means "only one application can be seen". So sod you if you've got several monitors (easy with Thunderbolt).

See the Apple website discussion "Dual monitors and fullscreen fiasco, is there a work around?"

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3196329

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Google asks YouTube commenters to stand up and be counted

Wibble
Gimp

... and the winner is.... moderation

It always will be the ultimate answer to sorting out comments. Look at El Reg; who would possibly want to upset The Moderatrix? I know that we're given a lot more latitude, but I'm sure El Reg would implement mandatory moderation if we all started to get fractious.

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Dell uncloaks trio of muscular mobile workstations

Wibble

Re: Nice i guess but

'Cos you can't lug the thing from client to client.

Some of us work at different locations and need a decent box to drag around. Clearly you don't get out to client's sites.

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Wibble

Re: Keyboard

That's a 'Merkin keyboard.

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4G? Pah! Boffins charge up the dial to 5G data EXTREME-band kit

Wibble

Re: Does anyone remember

MilliBook, MicroBook, NanoBook, PicoBook, FemtoBook...

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HTML 5 gets forked up

Wibble

Re: Amicable my ass...

The W3C have a lot of form here: I'm not even sure if they've ratified the CSS2.1 standards as yet!

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Apple building 'tactical' data center with 'mantrap' doors

Wibble

Re: Isn't this normal?

> weigh you each way

Yeah, that data you've got in that memory stick/hard disc is quite heavy:-)

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Microsoft posts first-ever quarterly loss

Wibble
Angel

Re: the dinosaur is staggering

@AC: 10:41

What's a grown-up doing in here? Get out now before we taunt you some more...

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Bunging apps, files into virtual desktops ain't worth it - Gartner

Wibble

Re: It isn't just about cost you dumb beancounters

Alas it's also about having a load of people having slow response times when there's server troubles. If they had their own machine they could at least be somewhat shielded from overloaded servers.

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Nearly 2 MILLION US Facebook users quit social network

Wibble
Windows

Lies, damn lies...

Rather than measuring accounts in terms of absolute numbers, it would be far more accurate to measure it in terms of account activity; numbers of accounts active on a daily basis; weekly; monthly; quarterly; dead; formerly active... etc.

A lot like Hotmail et al measure their accounts.

That way all the test accounts or one-off accounts could be eliminated. This utter tosh about 900M users is just that; tosh.

Meh

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Microsoft pops preview of 'biggest, most ambitious' Office yet

Wibble
FAIL

Re: Why am I not finding any of this remotely interesting?

Oh, so you're saying that to get the most out of Office, I also need to install W8 and Server 2012 whilst simultaneously ditching all existing infrastructure. And buy new fondle-friendly clients.

Bloody hell, that's. a BIG ask!

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Wibble
Big Brother

Re: Why am I not finding any of this remotely interesting?

Have they just abandoned security or are they doing it to collect the world's secrets? For whom?

In any commercial organisation one has to write a lot of Protect, Restricted, Confidential and Secret information. None of which is appropriate for storage on Ballmer's servers. That's the point of a thick client running standalone off the grid.

Are they really that stupid?

And WTF has Farsebook got to do with work? In every office I work in Farsebook is blocked on the firewall as it has a detrimental affect on productivity.

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Metro, that ribbon, shared mailboxes: Has Microsoft lost the plot?

Wibble
Childcatcher

Re: MS didn't lose the plot...

I'm a Mac user who turned his back on Windows when Vista was announced. The usual words: "version N is the greatest, far better than version N-1", so I thought I'd skip a generation as their current version would turn out to be rubbish in comparison with the next version (for which I am not even capable of calculating its operational parameters, etc.).

Needless to say, I've no intention of trying version N+1, N+2 or any other forthcoming version. Once changed, forever gone.

The one thing I still use is MS Office, albeit the Mac version. They updated this last year and changed their all-in-one mail/calendar/contacts application called Entourage for an inferior "all new" Outlook. This spurred me on to change to the vanilla Mac mail, address book and iCal applications.

Here's the point; I actually think that it's better with separate applications. They all work together and I just don't miss Outlook.

It's a long process, but one can wean oneself away from Microsoft. I've only PowerPoint and Excel to go! For true MS development work, e.g. Visual Studio, there's always VMs, which are great.

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Ballmer plays down sales impact of Surface

Wibble
Coat

Re: Getting Windows RT to developers

Shirley they're developing a tablet so that their own developers can finish developing the operating system!

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Bill Gates: iPad is OK, but what Apple really needs is a SURFACE

Wibble
WTF?

Re: He's dead wrong... (@Horned-Devil)

There are two modes of operation; touch and Keyboard+mouse. These are mutually exclusive; anyone who's used an iPad and Mac (or Windows or Linux) will know this.

When I'm using my iPad on the train, I need a lightweight system that is easy to use and biased towards large fingers. I need built-in 3G mobile. I don't want size. I need to be able to use the thing in portrait (less space) and use my thumbs for typing. The applications need to be optimised for this mode of operation. I MUST have massive battery life; if I'm flying I want the thing to work for a good 10 hours or a lot more if it's just music.

When I'm using my Mac as a laptop, or as at the moment as a desktop, I need a large screen (or two), a keyboard and a mouse. I need the user interface to be optimised for this. I generally need lots of CPU to run various virtual machines, development environments, Adobe Fireworks, full on Office applications, a proper email client and shit loads of browser windows and tabs. I need lots of expansion; several USB's as a minimum. Generally I will plug the said lappie into the mains, or can accept a 4 hour life -- I'm prepared to go easy on the machine if I need to extend the battery life.

Back to my point... How the hell can you square this circle? A tablet needs to be LIGHT, supreme battery life, and optimised for touch. A lappie is the opposite.

That's why there's two completely different products; an iPad lookalike (that's WinRTSurfaceSlate) and a normal OS (that's Win8). The smoke that's currently being emitted from Ballmer's & Gates' jacksies is just FUD -- it's right out of their wrinkly old playbook.

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Wibble
Alien

Re: He's dead wrong...

How do you square the circle of powerful CPU + tiny form factor + battery life? Not to mention touch vs keyboard & mouse.

Oooh, it's a magic surface that uses alien battery technology

Anyone who's used an iPad and is a power user of Macs/PCs would know this.

Gates is blowing smoke -- and he must be well aware that he's attempting to get a legless donkey walking.

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UK.gov proposes massive copyright land snatch

Wibble
Paris Hilton

Re: registered property == lower transaction costs

To whom do I submit the invoice for using my name?

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Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD

Wibble
Gimp

So, to summarise...

Errm, so they're saying don't use Windows?

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'Inexperienced' RBS tech operative's blunder led to banking meltdown

Wibble
Pint

Re: Good work, El Reg

You're showing up the rest of the media as a bunch of useless press-release advatorial writers. Proof that the average journo writes bollocks as doing tech was too hard for them.

Well done.

Have a virtual beer token on me.

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Ballmer welcomes Yammer to the Microsoft family

Wibble
FAIL

Re: If you can't innovate, acquire

I thought DOS was MS's best acquisition. Certainly their first.

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Apple's iPhone 5 connector said to be a control freak

Wibble
Holmes

Have I missed the point or something?

Why are you all whinging?

Assuming that Apple do update the connector -- and we won't know that until it's released -- then when one buys the new iPhone, there'll be a new cable with it that will still plug into USB for charging. OK, I may need a couple of spare cables, but my old cables will still be needed for the other iDevices.

Apple will still continue to use USB for charging; how else will it plug into the Mac for syncing? It's unlikely to be Thunderbolt (is that 5V too?), but most likely to be USB as it is available on all Macs & PCs.

As others have mentioned, our inscrutable Chinese friends will soon have all the compatible cables available at the normal counterfeit rates. Or you could just buy extras from Apple.

Icon for "storm in a teacup" please.

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No one watches TV, Nielsen, and you know it

Wibble
Windows

Bit like AdBlock for websites

Now it's so easy to record a programme and watch it when I have time, I rarely do adverts.

Having said that, if I do watch live telly, when I'm flipping channels when the adverts begin, I've noticed that all channels seem to do adverts at the same time!

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Surface: Because Microsoft does so well making hardware?

Wibble
Windows

@Dazzza

> the learning curve is pretty steep

That's why

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Stephen Fry's Pushnote goes titsup

Wibble
Paris Hilton

Re: it must be quite galling

Seems so par for the course with the soshal meeja numpties.

Great summary of the "idea" in the article describing it as parasitic. Hmm, parasitic social media; that has quite a ring to it.

Goes well with the parasitic Paris and co.

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Ssssh. Apple quietly mashes monster MacBook Pro

Wibble
Facepalm

Re: Terrible news

That'll look cool as you use a magnifying glass to see the itty bitty text.

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Wibble
Gimp

Terrible news

Apple seem to have abandoned the professional users in favour of the poseur users. Sure, they've still got the old 15" MacBook Pro, but that's joined with the new 15" MacBook Pose which has more relationship with the Air than the Pro.

It's all the extras one will need: additional SuperDrive for ripping movies - £65, magsafe adapter for power supply - £9 each, ethernet adapter - £25 each. No FireWire, so that's your existing peripherals in need of replacement. No RAM or disc upgrades either.

And then the low resolution screen with an effective 900 pixel height. This is far from great when editing text. That was the best feature of the 17" machine; 1200px high which is excellent for text editing.

Then the price... Ooh ooh, take me roughly from behind.

Welcome to the new MacBook Pose.

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Apple introduces 'next generation' MacBook Pro with retina display

Wibble
IT Angle

Re: THANK YOU APPLE!

Is that your summer holidays or Christmas?

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UK websites: No one bothers with cookie law, why should we?

Wibble
Joke

Re: Banks

What's the Cockney Rhyming Slang translation for Merchant Banker?

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Wibble
Boffin

3rd party cookies, internet exploder, and IFRAMEs

IE doesn't allow third-party cookies in IFRAMEs. This is Microsoft's solution to security; disallow cookies by default.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/389456/cookie-blocked-not-saved-in-iframe-in-internet-explorer

(BTW the P3P doesn't always work so you need to implement other solutions for session management if you really have to use this)

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