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* Posts by sabroni

1154 posts • joined 11 May 2007

Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

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Re: How to power off a windows pc

Did you try the power button?

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Re: it still needs classic start etc to produce a half reasonable user experience

I disagree. I have been using Win 8 for about 6 months now, I'm used to the start button and menu not being there, I've got all my usual apps pinned to the bar at the bottom like I had in Win 7 and my desktop is just the same.

Don't get me wrong, Win 8 still smacks of beta in a lot of areas and still has Windows ridiculous habit of hanging the whole OS if a bit of hardware misbehaves (dodgy SD card killed mine a treat!) but the user experience, when running old windows apps not stupid full screen metro apps, is pretty much the same as 7. Works ok as a tablet too...

Gonna do a system backup over the weekend and try installing 8.1, but for the bug fixes not the start button...

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Got a mobile phone? Then you've got a Trojan problem too

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Awww, did they say something nasty about blackberry?

You're going to have a hard time on this site if that's got up your Goat.....

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Beyond: Two Souls - the game that thinks it's a Hollywood blockbuster

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Re: Whoever devised quick time events

It was Yu Suzuki when he made Shenmue and in that game I think they worked pretty well. I remember playing Skies of Arcadia afterward and instinctively going to press a button during a cut scene because I'd got so used to having some kind of input. I imagine if you like watching cut scenes then QTEs can be a pain, I like a bit of interaction (as long as it's done well...)

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Snowden: 'I have data on EVERY NSA operation against China'

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@jake, why would any human trust him?

Is it because he doesn't continually come on here posting bullshit about his amazing life, his internal stomach based brewery, the way he makes cheese from his own milk, etc...?

Sorry, it just seems bizarre that you're questioning someone elses credibility....

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Windows XP folks: At least GOOGLE still loves you ... UNTIL 2015

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In a rather shrewd move

Shrewd move is fucking right! Encourage users to continue using an OS that's out of support so when the inevitable shit hits the fan and the OS is compromised they can say "wanna upgrade to Chrome OS? that never goes out of date!". (They of course won't mention the fact that they can change their ToS at any time they like and start to appropriate information you thought was yours for purposes of their own, like, I don't know, maybe using your profile picture to make money from advertisers? Just want to run the old version, the one that works the way you like? Tough shit! Yeah, shrewd.)

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

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No one cares.

If "the best technically doesn't make it the best" then what difference does it make that RT is crippled?

(Upvotes for "crippled" with no explanation, but downvotes for "ahead in terms of performance and efficiency" as it's got no source? Yeah, there's no pro google agenda here....)

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Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

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Damn!

Out manouvered by Phil's quick typing. And he knows how to do things in bold.

Bah!

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The analysts probably didn't mean "just a tiny bit cheaper so it's still in the top price bracket", more likely "to compete with Android phones at around the £150-£250 mark". Of course that could ruin Apple's cachet among the conspicuous consumer crowd....

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Re: Why?

Is it because people keep buying them?

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Osborne to China: Keep watching Downton and we'll gloss over Huawei security worries

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Re: The Chinese HATE the Japanese.

All the Chinese are racists? Sounds like a bit of a racist thing to say....

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Re: Maybe a realist...

...would sell their own mother for a briefcase?

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Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING

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Re: don't share anything you wouldn't share without your worst enemy!

Sharing is more fun with your worst enemy!

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ECHR rejects free speech plea over offensive online comments

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Re: Be nice

But it's easy, and often more precise, to target the specific opinion or post as being arrogant, annoying, self-centered, stupid etc... It seems right to me, "You are demented" is not allowed, "That post makes you sound demented" is fine! (well, I didn't get censored last time I posted it.....)

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But wouldn't it be so much duller if you could all be, well, nice

FTFY! (one of those is an f bomb but if I don't say which I guess I'm ok!)

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Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee: DRMed HTML least of all evils

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Re: Anyone fancy reading that?

and doing a synopsis?

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The legacy IE survivor's guide: Firefox, Chrome... more IE?

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Re: Oh dear, dissing Google?

Get set for a downvote frenzy!

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Payday loans firm rapped for failing to register with Info Commissioner

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British Justice!!!!

Yeah, that 1,000 quid fine will surely make them think twice, as they drive from the court in their top of the range Mercs bought with orphan's tears.....

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Android adware that MUST NOT BE NAMED threatens MILLIONS

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Re: Yeah, yeah, and all that, but this is security

No, no, and all that, it's business.

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@Chet

Hmm. Nice argument, but doesn't really address the specific issue, which is a dodgy malware component loaded into loads of apps. A single app in the app store isn't quite the same thing.

It's not impossible to get malware into the Apple store, but we don't currently have any reports of a compromised library that has made it's way into lots of apps in the Apple store.

So, better protection than the Play store. Unless you can provide info to the contrary....?

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Re: Screw the poor users. FireEye wants money!

How unusual! Most companies run on fairy dust and pixie tears!

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Re: What hasn't been mentioned....

Maybe you should ensure that when your app is denied a permission it fails gracefully and informs the user clearly why it has failed? Or is catching exceptions just too difficult in native Android apps?

The idea that we shouldn't bother with security because it makes life difficult for developers is ludicrous.

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Space boffins boycott Kepler 'scope talks after US bans Chinese guests

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You might want to look up the word in a dictionary.

And while you're there check out "sarcasm" and "satire"....?

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Re: @Nomnomnom

No, he really is from the 50's!!!

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Web Daddy Berners-Lee DRMs HTML5 into 2016

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Re: Under no circumstances whatsover will they stream ... which lets all and sundry rip it.

Then they're going to have to shut up shop then. If it's on the screen it's in video ram somewhere, if it's in video ram it's rippable. If it's going down an HDMI cable to a display it's rippable. If it ends up on a screen you can point an HD camera at it and rip it that way.

DRM does not work and it doesn't matter how many hoops you jump through, the final output can always be ripped. No matter how much big business may want it there is no way to deliver it.

The industry needs to do a Valve and worry about being the easiest, most convenient way to get content, not waste time chasing impossible dreams that just piss off consumers.

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Re: Final point is MUCH more impotent!

Awesome spell check of the day!

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Re: The presence of DRM in the browser will make it slightly easier to use services like Netflix

Will it? You'd hope so, but considering the history of DRM and how it encourages piracy (by making pirated copies perferable to legitimate ones) it's difficult to agree with you. If DRM was any good they'd have worked out how to do it properly by now....

Additionally, much like it's impossible to DRM audio because people can record the output of their sound cards, pcs are now fast enough to be able to run video grabbers in real time. So DRM for video is just going to go the same way, if it's on your monitor it's in your video ram and therefore it's ripable.

So, at best, this won't make a damn bit of difference, but most likely the outcome will be legitimate users having to jump through hoops to get things working while the pirates just get their content direct with no faffing about, as usual.

Still, got to applaud your positive perspective!!!

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Investor lobs sueball at BlackBerry, says it 'misled' shareholders

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Re: I always viewed the stock market as "intelligent high stakes gambling"

It's not "intelligent", it's just "high stakes gambling".

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Ubuntu 13.10: Meet the Linux distro with a bizarre Britney Spears fixation

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Re: M Gale

Sounds to me like you just proved andreas koch's point big style!

(plus, "desktop environments more suited to the desktop environment"? Do what?)

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Sweet murmuring Siri opens stalker vulnerability hole in iOS 7

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need one say more?

Not until one learns how to construct a coherent post, no.

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Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller

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I can tell exactly how this will handle...

...just from looking at a picture. It'll NEVER be as good as a keyboard and mouse!

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BOOGIE BALLMER: Steve Dirty Dances at tearful Microsoft leaving do

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Microsoft is the most successful company in history at selling other people's ideas as their own.

I think Apple might have something to say about that....

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Apple: Now that you've updated to iOS 7... YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK

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Re: I like iOS 7

Isn't it lovely to have a bit of positivity on this site for once!!

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Ellison ditches own cloud keynote for billionaires' America's Cup boat race

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Good point

When I want to pick a database vendor the one with the fastest boat is always first on my list.

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Google tentacle slips over YouTube comments: Now YOUR MUM is at the top

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Re: Google+ ?

Too right! And now it's more successful than facebook, because every single youtube commenter is suddenly counted as a user.

Thank fuck Google don't try and abuse their dominant position in web video to foist their failing social network product on people. Only shitheads like Micro$haft would try to do that!!!

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Circling the RIM: BB10 becomes chamber of horrors for BlackBerry

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in their last stint of wasting tax payers' money

Yeah, what a waste employing loads of people. Much better to give massive wodges of cash to people to run employment schemes that are worse than no schemes, like the MD of A4E and her 6 million quid bonus.

Hey, if we're being moronically simplistic it has to cut both ways....

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Java updates too much of a bother? Maybe online banking's just not for you

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Re: I disabled javascript as soon my browser supported it

Unfortunately the option to disable JS is disappearing from "modern" browsers, it's gone from Firefox 23 already (thank fuck for noScript!)

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

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Re: Nintendo are their own worse enemy

The Wii penetrated the mass market far better than ps3 or xbox 360, kind of makes your "they won't succeed without the grass roots internet interest machine" argument look a bit weak....

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ZTE Open: This dirt-cheap smartphone is a swing and a miss

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Re: the lousy apps you install that could possibly be the problem?

Wow, you looked on my phone and found lousy social apps? You're clever, I haven't even installed any!

But yes, when I said low powered devices could struggle with Android I was specifically talking about you and Optimus prime....

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'Occupy' affiliate claims Intel bakes SECRET 3G radio into vPro CPUs

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Re: Why, oh God, why is El Reg giving this guy any attention?

My guess is that they were expecting clear and concise explanations as to why he's wrong in the comments. But just flying into a rage and name calling works just as well....

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Leaked docs: NSA 'Follow the money' team slurped BANK records, CREDIT CARD data

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whenever my name makes you cringe in fear of reality?

it's not a fear of reality Matt, but you certainly make me cringe!

You really need to get over yourself, you sound a bit demented.

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Re: VISA was providing info to their own fraud investigators

So you mean that when I make a VISA payment VISA know about it? That's exactly the same as them giving information to the american government!

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Re: How is this a surprise?

Because there's a difference between your assumptions and evidence?

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Re: I got a writing from my bank

We call that a letter.

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Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business'

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Just because something is expensive

doesn't mean it's not junk.

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Microsoft no longer a top Linux kernel contributor

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Re: Otherwise it'll become bitrotten

Well I'm sorry, I missed the memo where "the gradual decay of storage media" was extended to also mean "a (sometimes jocular) explanation for the degradation of a software program over time, even if ‘nothing has changed’".

Bloody geek humour....

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Otherwise it'll become bitrotten

Oh yeah, of course! Code naturally decays over time as the bugs start to eat away at it..... That's why zx81s don't work anymore.

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

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Re: Go on then Chad...

...explain why they haven't issued the usual press release?

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Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man

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Where's the fun in that ?

Is that what you pay taxes for? So some overpaid prick can pretend he's Picard? If this was someone's private project then fair play, but this is the biggest bunch of privacy invading dickheads there are abusing tax payers money to play star ships. Excuse me if I don't see the funny side.....

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