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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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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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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

Malcolm 1

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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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

Malcolm 1

Hoover is a practically a genericised trademark, and synonymous with "vacuum cleaner", in the UK at least.

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

Malcolm 1

Is this not conflating "Android" and "Google Play Services"? As far as I am aware you are free to use the open source Android OS however you wish, but access to the closed-source Google Play Services and all associated Google goodies (play store, google apps) are tightly controlled by this licensing agreement.

It's arguable that much of the appeal and value of Android comes from the Google services, therefore the overriding argument presented here is valid, but I note that Shmidt's comments to congress only reference the Android OS part of the equation.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

Malcolm 1

Re: Right here's the plan

Radio 1 effectively has two distinct personas - the painfully commercial daytime schedule, and the outstanding specialist programming broadcast between 7pm to the early hours. Radio 1 is easy to dismiss for its daytime output (although despite the moronic presenters, they at least manage to cycle through rather more new music than any commercial competitor) but Radio 1 in the evening is to new music what Radio 4 is to spoken word broadcasting and is truly world class.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

Malcolm 1

Re: Humax freeview box

The startup time from cold is embarrassingly slow, but you can just set the "eco mode" or whatever so it goes into a standby state rather than turning off and it comes back on again in a few seconds. Although its probably drawing a little more power it's not getting warm or anything so I doubt it's significant.

Edit: The main benefit over smart TV apps is that it maintains the ability to record stuff off the air and keep it in perpetuity. Programs seem to stay on iPlayer for about a week (or a week after the end of the series) so there's quite a few things I would have missed otherwise. Some programs never make it to iPlayer (rights issue presumably).

Also, ours is full of "Peppa Pig" and "Sarah & Duck" which is easier than trying to explain to a two-year old why her preferred program might not be available on-demand this week.

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Malcolm 1

Re: A shame, I like YouView

I concur - I am also an unsubsidised YouView owner - I bought it soon after release having moved into the only house on the street Virgin Media did not serve (thereby rendering my Tivo box useless). I've been really impressed - the UI is logical, the unified search is brilliant, and it picks up all the new Freeview HD channels without issue. You are right about the occasionally less-than-instant response, but it's no worse in that regard than Tivo was when Iast used it.

It is a shame more services haven't been forthcoming - NetFlix would be a nice addition, but I have a PS3 plugged in alongside so it's not a massive issue for me.

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Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm

Malcolm 1

Re: I ditched IE in 2000.

My daily driver is Chrome, but IE10 and 11 are noticeably more responsive than Chrome on heavy websites (typically those modern affairs which require scrolling and panning of full page images/videos).

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Malcolm 1

Re: Rare pragmatic response

That way you end up supporting their OS install - if you get them a new PC it becomes the PC manufacturer's support problem.

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Candy Crush King went 'too far' when it candy crushed my app – dev

Malcolm 1

I'm rather more concerned about King's pursuit of the developers of "The Banner Saga" for daring to use the word "saga" in a viking-themed game:

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/01/22/king-are-trying-to-candy-crush-the-banner-saga/

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

Malcolm 1

Same here - except we live in one of the two houses on the street for which connecting a cable is apparently impossible (it seems neither of the adjacent street cabinets' tendrils reaches quite far enough). Still get junk-mailed on a regular basis though.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

Malcolm 1

£2499 - 20% VAT = £2082.50 ~ $3410

So you are right, the UK price enhancement factor for this device is about 14%

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Anglo-Australian cricket brawl spills over into coding clash

Malcolm 1

Re: What is the job of the publisher?

I suspect they thought they could make a few quid without anyone getting too upset, but from the tone of the apology it would sound like their licensors were not overimpressed with that strategy.

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Google faces fresh privacy gripes for splashing your G+ mug over ads

Malcolm 1

I think you still need to explicitly create a G+ account - having regular a google account does not create one automatically. I don't know if this is true for google accounts that were created since the advent of G+ however.

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