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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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Google motors into cloud storage with Drive

Wibble
Big Brother

Trust in me...

Should one trust Google with my information, or Dropbox, or anyone else?

That's not to say that Google can't be trusted. Or is it?

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Apple set to drop 17in MacBook Pro, says watcher

Wibble

Linkbait

I'm sitting here posting this from my 17" MacBook Pro.

The guy's talking out of his arse. I suppose he's also supporting the tablet-style interfaces for everything. And single monitors.

Typical of an ANAList who doesn't do real work.

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Great HR mistakes of our time - Aviva fires 1300 by email

Wibble

Re: Is it just me?

Wonder when the first Twatter or Arsebook firings will be done.

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Battlefield Earth ruled worst film EVER

Wibble
Holmes

Let down by poor casting

I'd waited thirty years for it and felt quite let down. The plot and screenplay were OK, even the special effects -- I really liked the Vogons.

What really let it down was the really poor casting. Way too 'Merkin for a start. Ford Prefect was never right but Trillian was a complete disaster; they could have replaced the actress with a Barbie Doll for all the character she brought to the film. I'm not even sure that Arthur was that great, just not 'stiff' enough. Marvin wasn't quite right, not robotic enough, to be honest a little silly!

On a positive note, John Malcovich was excellent and Slartibartfast good.

Not the worst film given the intense competition from the typical plotless shite that Hollywood vomits out; Avatar, 2012, day after I wasted my money...

Do miss DNA though.

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Cameron 'to change his mind' on the one thing he got right in Defence

Wibble
Gimp

B or C, that is the question

If one's allowed to think logically, if we fit the ships out with a catapult then they can take both types of planes; the cheaper Carrier version and the more expensive VTOL B version. Not to mention all the other types of carrier landing planes and helicopters.

If they don't fit a catapult then they're condemned to forever using the more complex and under-performing VTOL B version. And helicopters.

A no brainer. We don't need no steenkiin katapult. Can I have my nice job at BaE now?

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Laptop computers are crap

Wibble

Re: Mac trackpads

Odd that as IMHO the trackpads are by far the best trackpads I've ever used. I absolutely don't miss the buttons; I know it'll click if I just press a little harder. I also appreciate the glass pad as it's more 'slippery' than the plastic or metal brethren and doesn't 'stain' or mark with continued use. Size also matters, being by far the largest trackpads around.

Maybe you need to adjust to its foibles a little, just as you'd need to adjust to an itty-bitty trackpad from any of the other manufacturers. You may find that you use your thumb in the same place as you'd expect a button; it works well like that.

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Wibble
Gimp

Re: @big_D

So that's a LOW res screen you have. What's the point of working with a letterbox for a display?

1080 high is absolute pants for everything. You need at least 1200 high to be useful - heck the ribbon takes up half of the screen.

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UK.gov has shaved off 16% of IT staff in 4 years

Wibble
Gimp

The jobs still exist, just done by suppliers

All that's happened is the jobs have been shifted from internal to external suppliers. It'll cost much more in the long run.

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Whitehall needs to dump 'unacceptable IT' – outbound G-Cloud chief

Wibble
Windows

Ownership is key

Alas government IT is specified by one group: the government's agents called civil servants, but delivered by a completely separate group: the suppliers. Add to that mix a bunch of miscellaneous hangers on all pushing for "better value for money", a culture of complete risk aversion, and you end up with more time being spent on commercial aspects than doing the job.

Contracts are all about who's got the best negotiator. Government pays little, suppliers pay a lot. Figure out who gets the better contract negotiator.

The key is ownership. If you have a small internal group responsible for making their own dog food, you often end up with much cheaper results. Of course this then goes off the rails if you don't have people with the right skills.

Until smaller suppliers can get involved, it'll be the same old big dozen or so who keep delivering the same old same old...

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Microsoft seals up Windows zero-day flaw in April Patch Tuesday

Wibble

Re: Hmm . .

Me too. When I challenged them about it they were completely unaware. Nor did their AV find anything untoward. Hotmail hacked?

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Shareholder flings class action lawsuit at Groupon

Wibble
Childcatcher

Didn't they read the bit about...

... share prices can go down as well as up.

In Groupon's case, down is inevitable.

Why anyone would want to "invest" in Groupon in the first place beats me. Speculate maybe, but not invest. What's the number one rule of "speculation"... only speculate money that you can afford to loose and never borrow to speculate.

I still see Groupon's woes as simply a tax on stupid greedy people.

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Groupon bungles figures, slides $65m into the red

Wibble
Childcatcher

Re: Better still...

They're doomed I tell ye...

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Wibble
Childcatcher

Re: Massively dodgy^H^H^H fickle

The types of customers that Groupon would likely bring would be mercenary bargain hunters with absolutely no loyalty. Unless you've huge surpluses, or something to sell with massive margins, or some form of loss leader (e.g. hotel stay where profits are made in the bar/restaurant), flogging something for a massive discount is doomed I tell ye, doomed.

The Groupon customers won't be back, nor will they be saying nice things except for the massive bargain they've just had, e.g. by implication how your normal prices are a rip off.

Doomed. I tell ye.

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Wibble
Windows

Caveat emptor all ye snake oil purchasers

What a surprise, the new company owners must be so pleased they've bought a company that's built upon worthless principles and could easily be copied. Call it a tax on fools with too much money, or is that greed?

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Steve Jobs biopic

Wibble
Windows

Ballmer meet Mr Potato Head

Something like Toy Story, but Ballmer can't even do falling with style.

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Who killed ITV Digital? Rupert Murdoch - but not the way you think

Wibble
Gimp

Re: Heretic!

OnDigital's content was so wide of the mark, aimed straight at the mass-market blandness that ITV has always hit (OK, with a few drama exceptions). Add to that phootbawl, limited channel choice *and* their expectation that the punters would pay for it... No surprise OnDigital failed as the Murdock proposition was far more compelling.

I'm delighted with Freeview and the BBC's new channels. And Dave:-) I'm even more delighted that the phootbawl is only available on Sky where people of a certain kind can pay their tithe to Murdock ad-infinitum.

I'll just pay my bargain license fee, configure the 20 or so interesting Freeview channels (i.e. delete the spam/dross channels), record then watch a few programs a week, and get on with having a life.

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Wags unroll Twitter toilet paper

Wibble
Windows

Perfect description

Sums the whole soshial meeja nonsense up nicely

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The future of the fondleslab belongs to the Fire

Wibble
Windows

Re: Screen Size

Long may we have horses for courses...

I, on the other hand, really appreciate the larger screen of an iPad as I find it *much* easier to read and type on.

Long may we have choice.

One wonders what the market's going to be like once Microsoft pulls their finger out. In a couple of years we should have some real choice and real innovation as there'll be three major players.

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iPhone 5 gets a 5in screen

Wibble
Childcatcher

Ooooh, what big pockets you've got

Sit down, what's that cracking sound? It's the sound of the new hinge in operation.

Big doesn't suit everyone. Actually big probably doesn't suit the majority.

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15in MacBook Air will go HEAD TO HEAD with MacBook Pro in April

Wibble
Windows

I think therefore I can remember

Does 16GB of RAM float your boat? The MacBook Pros offer a <b>lot</b> more memory that is user-configurable than the soldered in 4GB of the Airs. Not to mention quad-core I-7 processors (soon to be upgraded).

They're quite different machines. The Air would work well for a PHB who wants to look kool. The Pro will be for people who do work.

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Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit

Wibble
Holmes

Re: The sky is falling

Winkey+R is not hard but it is unintuitive.

That sums up the problem with W8. They've radically changed the user interface so that experience with previous versions doesn't work. They then compound this by removing all the visual clues one would expect. That is why the START button said start, menu bar showed at all times, and the little X closed things.

W8 appears to have replaced the familiar Windows interface with gestures and a telepathic interface.

Even Microsoft can't be this belligerent to release W8 in this half-arsed format.

I'm sure they've only released the preview under the misguided belief that any news is good news.

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'The new iPad' revealed: Full specs, rumor scorecard

Wibble
Happy

When i first saw the difference between the iPhone 3 and 4 screens, I thought they were revolutionary, particularly for reading text.

This feature alone is good enough to consider upgrading. I'm sure you could buy my old iPad 1 if you like.

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Wibble
Windows

iTunes is utter rubbish

Of all the features of the iPad, the one that scrapes the bottom of the barrel is iTunes. If you've got a lot of music and like albums, it's an awful interface and very unreliable. A real disappointment that it's not been updated.

Even more annoying that you can't get an equivalent application.

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Apple pushes out Mac OS X update to fix Time Machine fail

Wibble

Seems OK to me

I've done several recoveries using Time Machine and Lion without any problems. So it must be a specific set of circumstances that triggers the problem.

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

Wibble
Windows

Re: initial impressions

I'll rise.

I installed the preview to see what it was like and get some experience with Metro as I've never seen it before (like I've never seen a Windows phone in the flesh). I was hoping above hope that Microsoft would have learned from Apple's Lion experience and done something really special.

Alas no. It's a complete mess that's targeted at tablets regardless of whether or not you have a tablet. They've abjectly ignored the normal desktop, etc. etc. All the reasons outlined in the rest of this forum.

The good news it's a preview, so hopefully there's enough time for Microsoft to turn off the Metro and return the start menu to where most people will expect to find it.

Unfortunately the bad news is Microsoft is belligerent in the extreme and from past experience won't listen to their customers as their arrogance shines through. Ribbon? Internet bastard Explorer? Vista? Of course it really doesn't matter to Microsoft as they'll charge their fanbois twice, just like they did with Vista and the 'upgrade' to VII.

Personally I'd like to see some real competition for Apple. Alas it ain't coming from Microsoft, hence Apple's stock prices are going through the roof.

Whether or not you give a damn about this post, time will tell who's right.

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Wibble
Megaphone

Re: Paul Thurrott ... Windows Super Site

He gets paid to attract people to his blog. W8 a minute... the fanbois are swarming like flies round...

It's truly amazing to see how he thinks it's Gr8 despite the obvious problems which are so nicely highlighted here. Praise be for El Reg!

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Wibble
Unhappy

I suppose the next "upgrade" will be to ditch the qwerty keyboard for a numerical keypad.

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Wibble

Re: You forgot the oldest, active debate...

I trust that's vi as in 'vee' 'eye', not 'vie'

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Wibble
Windows

Re: Screen width

Oh the irony... Have you tried buying a 1920x1200 monitor? The idiot screen manufacturers want us to all use the 1920x1080 letterbox. A quick search of a coupld of hardware sites shows about 30 monitors using 1920 width, but of them only three use 1200 height.

Bloody fashionistas. Don't they ever do any real work?

Btw W8 (ohh, that's wait!) will be pretty crap on a projector running the standard XGA 1024x768.

Microsoft have eloped with the fairies.

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Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet

Wibble
Windows

Re: It's utter balls, and not the doggy kind....

<winkey>R still works.

It's horrible on a non-tablet device. I'm really disappointed with Apple^H^H^H Microsoft for their belligerent attempt to fit a square peg in a round hole. Everything is not a tablet and tablets aren't the answer to all problems.

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

Wibble
Holmes

First impressions after installing it today...

Downloaded it this afternoon as an ISO so I could install it in a VM on my Mac.

The installation was great. 10/10 for cleaning that up Microsoft. Well done.

It runs quite well, the main operating system's working in the way that all operating systems should, i.e. you don't notice them.

Now the problem. It's the User Interface. If you're not using a touch tablet, the gestures are completely inappropriate for a laptop/desktop machine. For instance the logon requires you to drag up a cover from the bottom. Sorry, it's naff on a desktop.

Where are the applications? There's a load of pre-loaded stuff in the start screen, most of which is inappropriate for work; games, music, etc. Apart from <winkey>R, I can't find any applications to run. Not notepad, nuffing. Microsoft have lost the Start menu and replaced it with... well, nothing I can see.

The applications are really weird too. I can't seem to work out how to get context menus up on things like the PDF viewer or IE. Just odd.

I know it's a first cut preview and accept they'll be changes. But this is not good at all. Someone with 30 odd years of experience of all sorts of Graphical User Interfaces and I'm left feeling like a total numptie. I've no idea how it works and I've never before been left feeling like this.

I'm particularly disappointed as I was really hoping that Microsoft would show Apple how it's done. Yes, honestly. Unfortunately, it's like Microsoft took the worst things of Lion and then raided the rejects bin. For a user with large screens, keyboard & mouse, the tablet interface is horrible. OSX Lion is not good when compared with previous versions (vis-a-vis Launch Control and Mission Control). Windows 8 just doesn't have that finesse and is very far from intuitive.

As a desktop operating system user interface it's a complete disaster. If Windows 8 gets released like this it will really flop in business.

Now, lets re-visit this posting in a few years to see what happens.

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Samsung Series 7 Chonos 15.6in Core i7 notebook

Wibble

Offset keyboard?

The offset keyboard is uncomfortable when using it on your lap as the lappie needs to be straight but your arms moved to the left whilst your head is twisted to the right.

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Wibble
Terminator

It's a LOW res screen

900 in the vertical is a low resolution screen. Don't care about the horizontal resolution; it's vertical that counts.

What is it with these damn laptop manufacturers that make them always whitter on about bloody telly resolutions? A laptop is for WORK not watching telly you numskulls. Even powerpoint needs a lower aspect ratio. Then there's that poxy ribbon...

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An NT-powered Windows Phone? Not so fast...

Wibble
Windows

New Nokia WinPhone review

That was hilarious too; couldn't even keep its charge for a day.

Just imagine what the battery life will be like with a general purpose kernel with context switched drivers and application multi-tasking. Maybe they want to bring back the old Motorola brick for the battery, it's so retro it'll probably sell as a fashion accessory.

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Apple FileVault cracked in under an hour by forensics biz

Wibble
Gimp

Proving the old adage...

Security. Ease of use. Low cost.

Pick any two.

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Mozilla releases Firefox 10, adds developer tools

Wibble
Windows

Finally, my Firefox memory problems are solved...

I've been really fed up with the constant demands for greater memory that Firefox has. So finally I've solved it; installed 16Gb of RAM in the laptop. Lightweight my arse.

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Wibble
Gimp

If only...

If Microsoft had their way there'd be one browser. Thankfully we have choice of several which are far better for the competition.

I, like you Grease Monkey, am fed up with Firefox's shenanigans. The problem with having only one version is there's nothing to differentiate a "real" update (that's a Major one in old money) with a "pseudo" update (wot we called a minor upgrade last year).

As a developer I'm particularly pissed off -- that's way more than mildly miffed -- at the constant issues with the addins. I absolutely have to have certain addins working; without them there's no point in using Firefox. Therefore I need to differentiate between a viable upgrade and, well, bollocks.

I particularly hate being used as some marketing gimp by Mozilla.

For me, there's no other browser which comes anywhere near Firefox for web development. I couldn't imagine what work would be like without Firebug, the Web Developer Toolbar, Life of Request, and the minor tools (which to be honest are available on Chrome) such as Measure It and Colorzilla. I morn for the excellent HTML Tidy which got hammered in one of the architectural changes.

If Firebug and the full Web Dev Toolbar were available on another browser (and not that MS shite which is Windwos VII only), I'd be out of here like a shot.

Gimp icon as I know my place.

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Wibble
Childcatcher

Choice

At least we have choice in our browsers. Interesting that Safari's not mentioned:-)

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Ultrabooks will devour notebook biz by 2016 - report

Wibble

Nope ^ 2

> "Yes, I assume all laptops will morph into a tablet or ultrabook form factor at some point."

Including all the larger screen laptops; the higher-resolution laptops; the high-performance laptops; the large storage laptops.... Nah, I doubt it.

The low end might morph into smaller, lighter, lower powered, lower resolution clones. But not *all* laptops by a very long shot.

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