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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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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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