* Posts by Malcolm 1

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Microsoft says its latest, dodgy Windows 10 build is good for (almost) everyone

Malcolm 1

Re: I remember times when we were waiting for a new Windows version

The current Windows 10 build is much improved from a week or so back. The main problem I have now is that the power features (sleep mainly) seem to be very flaky. I have had a couple of BSODs for the first time in years though!

I tried Office 2016 yesterday - couldn't even get it to launch reliably - Access Violation on startup for all apps. Reverted to Office 2013 quite rapidly.

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HTC reflects on Champions League iPhone cock-up

Malcolm 1

Re: Happens all the time

Do Samsung actually make anything comparable to a Panasonic Toughbook?

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

Malcolm 1

Re: Secret Technology

It's required to prevent the aeroplane floating off into space, obviously.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

Malcolm 1

I don't think that's true - they've deprecated pluggable protocols which allowed you to render bespoke protocols in the browser, but I don't think there's been any mention of deprecating custom protocol handlers. Doesn't everyone use tortoise svn anyway?

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Android finally shows up for work, app in hand

Malcolm 1

Re: The Missing Piece

I'm sure you used to be able to do this on Nokias of yore with a single SIM card. I wonder if it will return as a feature with VoLTE given that is essentially ip based anyway?

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

Malcolm 1

As a regular user of both a washing machine and an iron, I concur fully. I can't remember the last time I needed to change the washing machine from the 30­­°C "synthetics" programme, or the iron from 2 dots+auto steam.

The idea that anyone would need to insert a smartphone into this procedure is frankly laughable.

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John Lewis stakes £100,000 on building a working tech creche

Malcolm 1

Re: I like the sofa thing

I think ikea have something like that. You put the brochure on the floor to provide a datum and your phone then displays the sofa in situ AR-style.

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

Malcolm 1

UF675V

4K OLED with no "smart" features - LG has just piqued my interest.

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

Malcolm 1

Re: Maybe this have something to do with the negligently ///bendable/// case.

This was an iPhone 5C - the bendable one was the iPhone 6

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

Malcolm 1

Re: Pfft! Looks can be deceptive...

Wow - that's an amazing achievement. I remember some attempt at a multi-tasking environment on the CPC in the mid 90s but I can't remember what it was called - it didn't look anywhere near as advanced as that though.

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BT coughs £12.5 billion for EE as fourplay frolics pay off

Malcolm 1

Re: Prices

I'm most worried about the whole line rental rip off element. I don't have a home phone, so being forced to pay a significant sum for pointless land line features I will never use could grate. Just give me an internet only land line with an appropriate discount please.

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Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

Malcolm 1

Re: Not using Chrome as the Android default browser...

WebView pre-dates Chrome on Android by several years. In very recent versions of Android (just Lollipop I think), Chrome has now replaced the WebView component, but this change has not been applied retrospectively.

As you point out, increasing numbers of Android components are being moved out of the core OS and into "Google Play Services" allowing Google to push updates and fixes to older OS versions without involving the carriers, but this is a gradual process over several OS releases.

Which is not to defend Google's actions in this situation, but at least they seem to have identified the underlying problem and are moving to address it (albeit slowly). I'm guessing that some people at Google have been getting something of an education over recent years in the difficulties of supporting a mass market operating system running on diverse hardware supported (or not) via various OEMs.

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Developers, developers, developers! But WILL they support Windows 10?

Malcolm 1

Multiple Windows

Web apps, Universal apps, Store apps - while they clearly have some benefits, the massive sticking point for complex applications is the fact that they are restricted to a single window (I guess you can do multiple browser windows for web apps, but it's far from a seamless experience). Being able to spawn multiple viewports or panels is a massive boon for any complex application which doesn't revolve around editing a single image or document, it also makes it much easier to make full use of multiple monitors in a sensible way.

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

Malcolm 1

Should have waited for the USB type-C connector which can route video over the usb cable. I suppose DisplayLink would work too if you had a compatible monitor.

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

Malcolm 1

Timezones

This is almost as annoying as internationally relevant announcement websites (such as the MS one here) which state the time in local format, so everyone else has to work out exactly what time 9am PST actually means.

Doesn't seem beyond the wit of a multinational software company to implement some time localisation features on their page (or even just a countdown).

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

Malcolm 1

The reason given by a member of the Bloodhound team was that Cosworth backed out because they needed to cut back on non revenue generating projects, presumably due to financial pressures.

The less rarified jag engine is also far less likely to cause problems than the cosworth f1 exotica.

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Office MACROS PERIL! Age-old VBScript tactic is BACK in biz attack

Malcolm 1

Re: Office

Since office 2007, macro-enabled documents have a different file extension (eg .xlsm rather than .xlsx) so it is much easier to filter macro enabled files.

So to answer your question: .xlsx, .docx etc formats are all "safe"

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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

Malcolm 1

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

Malcolm 1

Re: https

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

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Malcolm 1

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

Malcolm 1

Isn't that exactly what Typescript does?

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Malcolm 1

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

Malcolm 1

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

Malcolm 1

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

Malcolm 1

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

Malcolm 1

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?

Malcolm 1

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

Malcolm 1

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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Malcolm 1

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

Malcolm 1

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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Malcolm 1

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

Malcolm 1

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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Malcolm 1

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?

Malcolm 1

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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Malcolm 1

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

Malcolm 1

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

Malcolm 1

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

Malcolm 1

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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