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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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Wibble
Thumb Up

Re: Why the fuss?

@Richard Neill

Well said. Good summary and very much the approach I take.

AFAIK the Google Analytics cookies are fine. I'm not at all bothered by this as everyone uses them so the information commissioner's hardly going to pick off one site for that.

Also, don't forget that HTML5 allows local storage of name=value pairs and also local databases. I'm sure these also apply in the same way as cookies (which aren't mentioned in the legal text?).

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Why Zuck will go soft for Facebook Phone - and rebrand Android

Wibble
Childcatcher

Par for the course

Farsebook copying someone else's work and ideas and branding it as their own.

Here little children, sweeties...

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BBC report urges Halo troops to end bloodshed in Syria

Wibble
Mushroom

FFS get a grip

People -- lots of people -- are dying and you're whinging about a little mistake with a graphic.

It's not a video game; death is forever.

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Facebook phone tagged for 2013 release

Wibble
Paris Hilton

Re: Well jolly gee

Oooh, me please - I'm one of your 900,000,000 special friends who use FB every day.

Special friend. Like me. Be my special friend.

[I can't get the sound of the Inbetweeners out of my head!]

I'm sure Paris would have one. Ooh err

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Sony KDL-55HX853 55in 3D LED TV

Wibble
FAIL

... and the verdict of the User Interface jury is...

Just about every, no, lets restate that, every Sony telly I've used has a dire User Interface. Simple things like being able to change screen resolution at the click of ONE remote button is absent. Same with simple picture-in-menu channel choices.

So the picture's OK. Ermm, that's what one expects. Lots of inputs; again, it's expected. 3D, OK, I'll pass on that (as have most consumers thus far).

The optional extras are the User Interface and this is where Sony have been dire.

So unless that's improved -- and the remote control -- then why bother with a Sony?

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People-powered Olympic shopping mall: A sign of utter tech illiteracy

Wibble
Headmaster

Journos don't do science

It's pretty obvious why: they studied jernolizm cos they can't do science.

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Wibble

Re: I love a good rant on a Sunday morning.

His parents were prophetic in calling him Bob

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Passwords are for AES-holes

Wibble
Pirate

Re: I use KeePass

Can you install that on your work computers?

Oh, you don't work in banking / government / large company where everything is locked down and you're not even allowed to install a non-Microsoft browser "cos of cequritey".

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Ballmer says 500 MILLION 'users' to 'have' Windows 8 in 2013

Wibble
Windows

There's two types...

... of people who call their customers "users". One group are drugs pushers...

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Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

Wibble

Re: Beautiful aesthetics ????

Reminded me of a Roberts kitchen Radio.

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Can SMEs score those big gov contracts?

Wibble
Gimp

Cultural risk aversion

There's a genetic aversion to risk in government procurement which results in the "less risky" big boys getting all the work. Saving money appears well down the list when compared with the possibility -- real or imagined -- of a problem affecting a procurement career. That and the importance placed on process over results.

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UK.gov: ICT in schools ain't dead, it's just resting

Wibble
Childcatcher

Get the kids to bake some lovely Rasberry Pi

Hmmm yum yum.

There should be no place for 'office' - at should be part of the English lesson; learning to write. Or drama; learning to present.

BTW what has Microsoft got to do with this?

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Vulture 2 trigger triggers serious head-scratching

Wibble
Windows

Second (smaller) balloon burst?

Bit low-tech, but have a ikkle trigger balloon; when it go bang, launch. Would be lightweight - fill it with some hydrogen and it'll weigh nothing.

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'IT is no place for the little ladies', says Dell mouthpiece

Wibble
Holmes

Re: curious which part is "offensive"

Truth hurts

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Wibble

Re: Women are here

And how many are engineers? Management and project managements isn't IT per se.

It's saddening that there are so few female techs. Just attend any technical IT course for proof.

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Mozilla and Google blast IE-only Windows on ARM

Wibble
Windows

Re: That's because Apple aren't restricting their users to IE.

> I'll take IE any day [over other browsers]

I didn't see the sarcasm icon -- as you're surely taking the piss!

Now where's the turd icon for all postings related to Internet Exploder?

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2,000 dot-word bids rocket ICANN onto $350m cash pile

Wibble
Gimp

Re: facebook

Whogivesatoss.facebook.my.arse

The possibilities are endless

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Wibble
Coffee/keyboard

I'm Brian and so's my wife...

Haven't they been fighting over that for millennia?

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Wibble
Terminator

Input sanitisation

The thing I hate is those dickheads at ICANN have shagged my nice simple input sanitisation routines used whenever anyone inputs an email or DNS address. A one-line regex now will need to be replaced with a database lookup plus a shed load of maintenance.

Or a message saying "No poncy top-level domain names allowed here. Use a proper name like everyone else."

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Pirate island attracts more than 100 startup tenants

Wibble
Pint

Re: International waters?

> HEY YOU LIMEY

Brilliant use of irony and sarcasm befitting of a posting to El Reg. I salute you sir!

Have a warm beer on me. Caution: it may contain alcohol and flavour.

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How politicians could end droughts FOREVER: But they don't want to

Wibble

Re: Hey Lewis, you missed something

Tides?

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Wibble
Gimp

Re: why Apple is cheaper

No Windows tax.

Just think with Office you'd have about 200 pixels to do any decent work after all the Ribbon and assorted border cruft is taken off of the meagre 768 height.

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Samsung unwraps 17in Ivy Bridge beast

Wibble
FAIL

Vertical resolution matters more

Those damnable low resolution 1080 high -- sorry low -- screens are a royal pain in the butt to use. There's no earthly reason for fitting a low res screen in a high-end laptop.

I regularly turn my 24" 1920x1200 monitor sideways to make it 1200x1920 when coding.

It's those proxy shit-for-brains marketing gimps let out of the box again. I don't watch videos on a bloody work machine you utter kretins. I do write code and need to see as much screen area as possible. 1200 high is the minimum.

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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: Like it or not, this Linux grows on you

Wibble
Windows

It's a LOW res screen

1080 high IS LOW RESOLUTION. It may be wide - I assume you're running two monitors - but high it ain't.

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Wibble
Windows

Where's the programs?

After reading this I thought I'd download it and spark it up in a VM on my Mac, just to see what you're all going on about. Fine; installed, updated, ran Firefox so connectivity's great.

But now I want to run some other programs. How? I can't see any "Programs" or "Applications" folder on the screen... It's like that damn Windows 8 - what's the bloody point of hiding all the sodding programs?

Let me start gently, then work up my experience as I get to know it better. I expect these user interfaces to be better than this. I want to be able to switch my NON-TECHNICAL family away from the scourge of Microsoft; they couldn't give a damn about the OS and I want something more reliable than Windows.

What a pain.

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'Geek' image scares women away from tech industry

Wibble
Headmaster

IT training courses

It's a sad indictment that all IT training courses I attend -- these are *public* courses -- there's a very small percentage of female attendees, frequently there are none.

There's more female project managers and administrators. Just very very few engineers.

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Ghost of HTML5 future: Web browser botnets

Wibble
Holmes

Browser . . . shell

Browsers are becoming the shell which users interact with their computers, so it's inevitable that they'll be the main attack vector.

No turning back

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University of Florida drops plans to axe CompSci for sports

Wibble
Pint

What's a degree in sports for?

I cannot think of any subject more pointless than "sport" at a degree level. A "sports degree" is a complete oxymoron.

OK, sport science, studying to become a medical type person maybe. But sports for the sake of it is utterly pointless.

What's the world coming to?

Can I do a degree in drinking beer?

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Brydge pledges to turn iPads into MacBooks

Wibble
Facepalm

Where's the pointing device?

A keyboard also requires a pointing device close to hand; a mouse, trackpad or nipple. It's just not acceptable to expect to point around the screen whilst, say, editing a document. One's hands are rested on the keyboard; the screen is up in the air; pointing at it is very difficult from this angle, and damn uncomfortable as well. That's why I'm using a mouse as I slide my hand from the keyboard to the mouse.

Alas iOS (and Android) doesn't support pointing devices so this is at best only a half-solution.

Ironically Windows 8 may fare better in this respect as it's more Windows than Tablet OS. Of course Windows 8 doesn't yet exist, nor will it ever run on an iPad.

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Can Windows 8 bag Microsoft 20 more years at the top?

Wibble
Windows

Amazing they're still around!

Given that they've completely missed two markets which they were already operating in, it's amazing if they'll be in those and other markets for much longer.

It's a serious issue of poor strategic thinking from the board. It is astounding that they don't have any significant presence in the smartphone and tablet market. All they have is a version 0.8 tablet and a mess of a smartphone that is anything but cool.

Shocking that the board are still in place.

As things get more cloudy and web-based, there's a massive threat to their core OS business too.

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Apple profits almost double on iOS product sales leap

Wibble
Windows

Ouch, that must sting Microsoft

Wonder how Ballmer's feeling? Must be pretty lonely when you can't compete because you were asleep at the helm and sailed right past the opportunity. Wouldn't be surprised his shareholders revolted.

Still, we've a half-baked Windows 8 to look forward to. That'll really worry Apple.

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