* Posts by Malcolm 1

229 posts • joined 25 Jun 2009

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

Malcolm 1

Advertisers dream?

Given the problems with adverts pushing the perceived audio levels to gain attention, imagine what marketeers would do with this technology. Washing so white it sears the brand name on your retina?

Apart from that it sounds quite tasty though.

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

Malcolm 1

Re: Intel inside?

He's had intel stickers on his chair for a long time

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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

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Multitasking on a tablet is still a pain

In my experience development tends to involve quite a bit of flipping about between IDE, browser, other applications. I've not tried anything more than simple text editing on a tablet, but I suspect the small screen size and the whole single-app-at-a-time thing would drive me barmy. Picked up Microsoft Surface Pro in John Lewis for the first time the other day though - that does have some appeal, although I'd need a dock and a big monitor or two at home and work though.

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Ha ha, fooled you! Shares tumble over G4S fake website profit warning

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Re: https

Indeed. Although a few more incidents with adverse stock price impact might pique their interest slightly.

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https

Of course, if all websites employed secure HTTP and Extended Validation Certificates this would be rather more difficult.

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

Malcolm 1

wtf is Palaeopiezometry?

A google search only produces results about the "failed palaeopiezometrist Bob Ward"!

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Improving JavaScript: Google throws AtScript into the mix

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Isn't that exactly what Typescript does?

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While not exactly best friends it is rather a shame that Google couldn't just work with Microsoft to enhance Typescript in a compatible way rather than introducing their own flavour.

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Windows 8 or nowt: Consumer Win 7 fans are OUT OF LUCK

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Re: When I get phone calls...

Push the same power button you used to turn it on in the first place.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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Re: One question and a comment

I'm not au fait with Apple's implementation but I would very much suspect that the supported applications use the scaling setting to size their UI appropriately but all content is displayed at native resolution. Applications which don't advertise themselves as supporting high dpi displays will probably display as they would at "standard" resolution but the OS will do a bitmap scale to compensate (which is I think what you are getting at?) This is certainly the way it works on Windows.

Somewhat ironically, if you are a media consumer rather than a creator I suspect a 4K panel will give you better results as upscaling 4K to 5K will no doubt lead to some scaling artifacts that wouldn't be present if viewing 4K content full screen on a 4K monitor.

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Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report

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Yes, I'm entirely unsurprised by this development as presumably they had already done 99% of the work when producing Windows RT. I suspect the remainder is driver support unless ARM servers have radically different hardware than typical ARM SoC based devices.

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: LED Bulb price

LED bulbs seem most immediately useful as a replacement for halogen spots. Although not a like-for-like comparison, I don't think I ever got all three GU10s lit in my old kitchen for more than a day or two (even after changing the light fitting), when we installed kitchen lighting in the new house we went for 6x LED AR111s and they've been happy for over two years. Relative cost of an individual bulb is incomparable of course, but when factoring in the hassle of regular bulb replacement it's far more attractive.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

Malcolm 1

Re: The elephant in the room is...

Do you really think that Microsoft keeps a stash of knock-off parts just on the off-chance that a driver causes it to fail in some way?

Hardly some grand conspiracy methinks.

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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

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Re: It's all very well churning out new stuff...

It has been confirmed that the Xperia SP will not get anything past 4.3.1

http://www.xperiablog.net/2014/09/10/sony-confirms-no-kitkat-release-for-xperia-sp/

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Re: Windows 7 with a flat theme

Although it's rarely mentioned, the under-the-hood enhancements make Windows 8 (and therefore presumably 10, although I've not tried it) a noticeably more responsive experience than Windows 7.

I miss the small desktop enhancements such as the improved task manager and file explorer ribbon when using windows 7 too.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

Malcolm 1

Re: Hardly rocket science

You can (and pretty much always have been able to) renew your tax in advance of the expiry date - I don't really understand why this month is any different from that perspective.

As far as tax starting on the first of the month - I can see how this made sense in the age of the multi-coloured paper-based tax disc, but under the new regime it seems unnecessary. Maybe it will transition to this in the future once the populace has got used to the idea of no paper tax discs,

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It may be unpopular to state but I renewed my car tax on Monday via the "beta" website and it was flawless. Easy, quick and painless (apart from the brief pain in the wallet of course).

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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Re: My favorite has been mentioned!

While I don't particular wish to defend the choice of a funnel for filtering, handled funnels have existed for some time

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Re: Suggestion

I seem to be having exactly the same issue with Microsoft's recent mice. Either the mouse wheel or "soft touch" grippy bits on the side degrade in record time. It's not just me as my Logitech mouse at home is absolutely fine despite a similar rubbery finish.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Re: "the first mass market colour home computer"?

The Beeb was far too expensive to be mass market, only the rich kids had them.

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I was previously aware of Ben Heck from his various portable console conversions that appeared on gadget blogs from time to time. But I just spent more hours than I care to admit to watching his show on You Tube. Compelling stuff even though I'm my electronics skills stretch about as far as replacing obviously blown components with identical parts.

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iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!

Malcolm 1

Re: WebGL Demo

Strange - seem to work fine here (Chrome 38 x64 and IE11)

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

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Re: I just wanted to thank you

Exactly - until my two year old dropped it onto the bathroom floor, my watch ran flawlessly for 10 years without any maintenance. I'd expect any form of smart watch to last at least a week between charges before even considering it and even then I'm not all that convinced that the ability to receive and respond trivially to notifications is particularly compelling.

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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

Malcolm 1

Re: As in all else, Orwell is correct.

Paint.Net handles this latter scenario particularly well - it offers the eminently sensible option to update when you close the application (ie after you've done whatever you launched it to do). So the application gets updated when you're not trying to use it, but you don't have to remember to do it yourself. I've not seen anything else which takes this approach unfortunately.

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Re: Patching Servers

Relevant article from Raymond Chen:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2008.11.windowsconfidential.aspx

In short - Windows can replace files in use, but the potential side effects for cross-process communication are considered too problematic for it to be worth it. I'd be interested to learn how Linux copes with this scenario if anyone would care to indulge me?

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PHABBA-DABBA-DOO! Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Edge, Gear VR – feast your eyes

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Or just turn it upside down. Which is fine until you want to make a phone call, but who does that these days?

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Firefox 32 moves to kill MITM attacks

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Re: New CAs

Well if you can't trust an accountant, who can you trust?

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

Malcolm 1

Re: Now we are all perverts

It's a particularly bad choice of visualization as 25% of the population are rendered as just 6.25% of the area. Infographic fail.

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Cryptolocker flogged on YouTube

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Re: Malware through ads...

In any other scenario the idea that you would deliver entirely unvetted code from an untrusted third party to your customers would almost certainly be regarded as criminally negligent. How come advertising brokers get away with it? I refrain from running ad blockers as I like to support ad-supported sites such as El Reg, but unless the ad networks get their house in order I may be forced to reconsider.

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Surprise! Government mega-infrastructure project cocked up

Malcolm 1

I think that if HS2 was sold as a capacity/reliability upgrade rather than a speed upgrade objections would have been far less. Speed is (hopefully) a side effect of building a modern rail line, being able to double traffic and perform maintenance without entirely closing the route seem like much more worthwhile gains.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

Malcolm 1

Re: Realism

BBC Worldwide partially funds and then sells BBC programming worldwide (and any associated merchandising). So if BBC Scotland (or whatever it might be called) continues to produce saleable programming then it seems reasonable that they would be able to profit from worldwide sales via BBC Worldwide (although I guess BBCW would be under no obligation to do so).

Not that I disagree with your other points.

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Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS

Malcolm 1

Re: 3 years?

VUPEN's business is selling exploits to governments and law enforcement, so it seems unlikely that it has been kept entirely private.

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

Malcolm 1

Re: Hmm Hang on.

@Tim 11 Assuming you're on Win7/Server 2008 SP1 - If you've installed the requisite update the Disk Cleanup Wizard will tidy up unnecessary update files: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2852386

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

Malcolm 1

Re: Couldn't agree more

I would contend that they are no more or less raving than any other game-console fan base.

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BT slapped down by BSkyB over O2 broadband 'switch off' porkies

Malcolm 1

Re: Ironically....

While I also jumped ship from Be after the Sky takeover, I can't help but agree with the ASA on this one - the BT headline was clearly designed to scare existing customers into thinking their internet would be cut off and they deserved to be chastised.

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Start packing your bags for a Windows Server 2003 migration

Malcolm 1

I guess this means goodbye to my Windows Home Server (v1) too. Shame - it's been fairly flawless over the years.

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

Malcolm 1

Re: Which is why...

How does that help? Is it somehow immune to errors?

My experience with editing RTF the hard way is that it is even less amenable to fixing than XML (not least because the tooling is far less developed).

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Carry On YouView Regardless, BBC Trust tells the BBC

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Its got a hard disk and a couple of tuners in there too, so not entirely comparable to a Chromecast, but £100 would probably be nearer to the mark.

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YouView is a nice platform. It's a shame that it is not more widespread, seems a bit barmy to reimplement it under the auspices of FreeView connect, but I'm sure there's a good reason...

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Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

Malcolm 1

Re: "Desktop client"

Web 2.51 - it's a patch release.

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

Malcolm 1

We can only hope. Fortunately Huawei are demonstrating an early prototype of this Internet-with-pictures here: http://consumer.huawei.com/minisite/worldwide/Ascend-P7/

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The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

Malcolm 1

Re: The colour represents self expression, new thinking, and new horizons.

Microsoft have bright primary coloured branding (indeed, many complain vociferously about their Fisher-Price colour schemes). While "muted brights" are certainly a fashionable branding trend, I disagree that MS are in any way relevant to this criticism.

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

Malcolm 1

Re: Would their govt's migration to Linux

One would hope that rolling out an operating system for day-to-day use would be relatively research and development light. I'm assuming talking to a network printer is a solved problem these days, even in the linux world.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

Malcolm 1

An ironic choice of insult given that XP suffered significant derision for its "Teletubby" default UI theme.

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

Malcolm 1

Re: I will have to delete all my tiles then.

8.1 has already changed that behaviour - newly installed apps no longer get added to the start screen automatically (they obviously realised it was irritating if you'd customised the start screen to your tastes)

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BT befriends Google's lonely TV dongle – and saves YouView

Malcolm 1

The shop bought and BT provided boxes are made by Humax - the quality is pretty good as far as I can tell. No worse than any other Freeview PVR certainly. I've no experience of the Huawei boxes TalkTalk provide though.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

Malcolm 1

Re: Are they running on XP Embedded ?

I would guess not. Using a desktop OS for an ATM does seem a somewhat perverse choice however.

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Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

Malcolm 1

Re: So...

It has no browser dependency and is open source (Javascript via node.js) so, yes, it does appear that you have misunderstood.

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

Malcolm 1

Re: lol

It's well known that Nokia was practically printing money when Elop joined...

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

Malcolm 1

Re: There's a serious error in this article everyone has missed

How does one become a paid shill? It Given the number of them allegedly frequenting just about every tech forum or website it must be quite the career.

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