* Posts by dogged

4514 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: " Are you feeling self-doubt? Or are you just a dick?"

I don't have a Surface, hplasm. The directors here have them but I am merely a lowly tech arch, I do not merit such toys.

And how does pointing out that picking on a new guy is an asshole thing to do make me anyone's poodle?

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So... his opinion is irrelevant if he signed up 9 weeks ago?

Are you perhaps suggesting that he signed up 9 weeks ago purely in order to post good things about Windows 10, perhaps for some kind of financial reward? If so the poem about the Hobbit game isn't exactly high productivity, is it Hans 1?

Basically, what the fuck is your problem Hans 1? Did somebody not join in with hating what you hate? Are you feeling self-doubt? Or are you just a dick?

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Re: Close but no cigar

9 grand for a Mk2? The Mk1 Lotus GT edition, maybe but a Mk2? My grandparents had one. It was shit.

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Re: I'm sure for many of us…

> Sorry Microsoft, this ship has sailed.

People here have been crying the same tune since WinXP launched. "lol fisher price, I'll never use it". They always do.

Forgive me if I disbelieve you the same way I disbelieve the rest of them.

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Firefox CEO BLASTS Microsoft over Windows 10, Edge shenanigans

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Re: You know what

> But from what I can see from the literature available, it's hard to know whether this release is a hit or a miss.

Honestly I think that's because a) this release isn't complete yet and b) the Reg seems to be gunning for MS recently (probably to please its idiot commentariat). Compare, for example, Andrew Orlowski's review on the Register to... well, practically anyone else's. Engadget's is a bit gushing but Peter Bright's on Ars Technica is far more sensible and reasoned (and still overall approving).

Win10 has rough edges at the moment (no pun intended). I've been asked by a few people whether they should upgrade and in every case (except for the developer and the syadmin who I gave a straight "yes, do it now, you need to learn this shit"), my advice has been "yes. But leave it until around Hallowe'en."

Because by then Edge should support AdBlock, NoScript and Ghostery, the dodgy bits should be sorted out and all necessary workarounds (for anything, we don't know yet) will be well documented. But if you don't need to upgrade, leave it until end of October/beginning of November. Patience will be of benefit to you.

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> Yeah, like the on-by-default sending your browsing history to Microsoft, it's aimed at the unsuspecting majority.

I'm guessing you either don't use or don't understand Chrome then.

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This is TRUE science: Harvard boffins fire up sizzling BACON LASER

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Re: I welcome our new

I don't think anyone had to do it.

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Oh look – Office Mobile apps to go with your shiny Windows 10

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Also implies linux fanboys have only just started hating when a quick look at the Reg's comment forums and anything on Slashdot indicates that the hate has never really stopped since about 1996.

(Which is, interestingly enough, about the time I built my first linux box. Now that was driver hell).

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The full version of OneNote is free. You can download a fresh copy here.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Re: I'm disgusted!

A "normal" user will wait for Win10 to automagically update.

The command line is for those of us who know how to use it.

Shut up.

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That's a good question!

According to Wireshark (which really does get uglier by the iteration), Win10 is not sending keystrokes to Microsoft except for anything typed into the Search/Cortana box.

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Re: Local backup options

> Anything like MacOS Timemachine built in or available that can be recommended to civilian users?

Yup, it has the same (or similar, I haven't checked the backups for differences so maybe an algorithm has changed, who knows) invisible incremental file backup as Win8.x

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Re: Multiple desktops

> I've just checked my old Linux machine, which is donkeys years old. It appears that has multiple desktops too.

It probably has a media player too and you know what? Windows had one before any linux distro. Does this mean that linux should not have bothered to implement a media player? Your logic could use some work.

Short version - just because a feature exists in a different OS doesn't mean it's a bad feature.

And yes, the release copy of Win10 I've been testing this morning was indeed free, your concern is noted, now go away.

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Re: Why call it Windows?

It still does windowing. Even metro apps now run in windows.

Why are you complaining when you have literally no idea what you're talking about?

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Re: Where's the sizzle?

That was Orlowski writing a crowd-pleaser (around here, anyway) based on a 6-week old version.

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Re: M$ account - NOT required

You need an account to synchronize across several machines or indeed, to buy Store apps.

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> That's fine. Just hope it doesn't gobble up your licence to go back to windows 7

First thing I tested this morning.

Answer? No, it doesn't. Your license still activates Windows 7 after upgrade use both from in-place upgrade and ISO installation.

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Re: I'm disgusted!

In case anyone actually says this stuff for realz, you can always just open an elevated command prompt and type

wuauclt.exe/updatenow

That should trigger the update.

Or of course, you can download the ISOs so many commentards told us would not be available.

Then you can do a clean install and proceed to hate it for not being something else from there.

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Performance and multiple desktops mostly, in my experience.

And while there seems to be widespread distaste for having a Microsoft account (it's odd how there is no such distaste for a Google account or an Apple account, isn't it?), the synchronization over multiple machines is worthwhile as is the fact that a Universal app, once "owned" by the account, can be installed on anything else the user owns without extra cost.

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Microsoft's Arrow brings pane to Androids

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Re: One tiny detail....

> So you are just a rabid fanboy then ?

If you're defending a false story out of Microsoft-hate, it's more likely that you're the rabid fanboy.

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Re: One tiny detail....

Android's okay albeit roughly as secure as first release of Windows ME with no corporate firewall, and roughly as stable.

My issue is that the story is wrong.

I do not work for Microsoft or any company or entity affiliated with them. And calling somebody a shill is against the house rules.

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One tiny detail....

The launcher is nothing like Windows Phone. And none of the panels do anything similar to Windows Phone.

So yeah, nice fun snarky article, lol M$ makes Windoze for SuperDuperInfallibleWonderfulAndroid except wrong on pretty much every count.

Maybe if the author had actually used a Windows Phone.....

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Re: sounds like enough but...

> If you use a mouse this takes a very very very very very long time to scroll that far to the right

Your mouse has no scrollwheel?

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Hurrah! Uber does work (in the broadest sense of the word) after all

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Again?

Another interesting and non-controversial article?

You're mellowing, Tim. Careful now.

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Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

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Oh, are we on Register time again? This story would have been current on Sunday morning. Possibly.

These days it's mostly fixed. And there's a tool you can use to stop any specific device's drivers from auto-installing.

This information will be downvoted by people who really really want Windows 10 to fail.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Re: "maths is hard" says Barbie

> and those tend to be the kind who are on the autistic spectrum who like numbers and focus on them no matter what.

Wait, hold on... I'm pretty much self-taught in maths because our primary school just let us work through a book and take the next one. I had no idea I was doing the A Level syllabus at 11 because how would I possibly know?

I resent the implication that I have some form of mental disability just because you think Maths is hard.

"Oh, you learned maths despite your teacher not understanding it? So you're some kind of fucking Aspie, right?"

Actually, no. I learned English too. Some kids don't need hand-holding.

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Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD

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RAID isn't backup.

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Re: Shitware

ew, Norton.

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Shitware

Hey Al, an interview I read around release time claimed that MS involvement had basically enforced a "no shitware" rule on HP. If true, that must be quite an achievement given the usual 20GB worth of nagging crap that they like to excrete onto your hard-drive.

Is it true?

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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

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Re: Moving "users" folder

The usual answer is not to use those directories.

You can redirect "Documents" and the various media "libraries". That's probably all you need to do.

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All wristjobs are as insecure as $#@%, reveals unsurprising research

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Re: Really?

This author's last missive - the one where the NSPCC claim that 101 nonces jailed is 2 per day over a year - shows form for simply regurgitating press releases.

I wouldn't hold your breath waiting.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Oh look, Vans, extremely shabby cargo pants and... smart shirt?

In my defence it's because I've put in a lot of gym time recently and eaten a lot of protein so all my tshirts are now too small. New ones will happen on pay day.

And now some simple bugger is going to tell me I should buy XXL tshirts anyway - I did. The issue is finding even bigger ones. The UK is not great for ogre-sized individuals.

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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Re: Trump

No.

Not when it's so appropriate.

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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Re: Nonce?

Given that terms can be handed out for any "extreme porn" now (that copy of the "other" Animal Farm is illegal, folks!) these sentences aren't just for images relating to children so it's more accurate than "paedophiles".

Got a better term?

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Agreed but we won't know until the study finally happens.

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The really interesting study might be ten years away when somebody finally wonders whether not looking at horrible shit online (most of which is apparently ancient, according to IWF) left the nonces with more time for actually doing horrible shit to children.

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Microsoft joins attack on 'non-consensual pornography'

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aww

Are you guys all sore that your pr0n will be harder to find?

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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Dumb question

If I buy, for example, a comic... and then I scan it to my tablet (or even photocopy the bloody thing) and stash the original comic in one of those dust covers that hardcore nerds have so that I can read it while retaining a pristine hard copy, have I broken the law?

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Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

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Re: Scenario

Good question, and how does that work anyway?

Isn't it simply opening a mailbox (POP3, IMAP or Exchange)? What use is an email client that open all your email?

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Sounds bloody pointless, is what it sounds.

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Jeep hackers broke DMCA, says EFF, and that's stupid

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Re: The petrol station business model of the near future

4 is a heart-attack vector.

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Microsoft has RECORD quarter, in a BAD way - Sad Nad slashes phone biz

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You should move on to Win10 if it makes sense for you to move to Win10.

As an example, dev boxes here at work are a mixture of Win7, Win8.n and Win10 because the software we're producing must support all of these. It's to go into factories where the lifespan of an assembly line is 8-10 years.

If it makes no sense for you to move, don't move.

If you are a private individual with lots of time and patience and you feel your existing OS is lacking, I strongly advise you to try linux if you haven't before. If it does everything you want and you have no issues with it, it's wonderful. If you don't meet those criteria or you're a business with cost centres, linux is almost certainly a more expensive option long term than Windows unless your business is something ephemeral and worthless like marketing or web design.

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Nothing says you have to upgrade.

I think one of the most annoying things about commentards on the Register is their continual assumption that because a thing exists it is now mandatory and all alternatives have been deleted.

It was MONTHS after the launch of Win8 before the usual suspects around would accept that it ran Win32 applications at all. "Oh no, everything's full screen now, I can't run multiple windows, what's the point" - really? Then you're a fucking idiot. Try clicking "desktop".

Complaint through pig-ignorance. Disgusting.

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> Remind me again why I should migrate away from a perfectly acceptable Windows 7 x64 Ultimate --- With Patch Tuesday support... Conceivably until the 14th, of January 2020 anyway. For something that doesn't? Prudy Start Menu's, and Metro Tiles be damned?!

Remind me again where anything in this article or comment thread says you should upgrade?

Oh, it doesn't? And you're just throwing shit around like a confused monkey?

Fine.

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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You're responding to "Bob Vistakin", AC. Anything "Bob" can do or say to make it look like Microsoft has failed at anything, he will do. Look at his posting history. He's not keen on Apple either but he really has the knives out for Microsoft, even to the point of continually telling lies about Bing copying Google's search results.

Either "Bob" is the single biggest Google fanboy on the entire planet or he makes a living from encouraging people to use Google via FUD. Or he's an Android malware writer, but that wouldn't explain the hate for Azure.... nah, it's fanboy or marketing drone. No other conceivable option.

So please, don't bother with reason or logic. Even facts won't bother "Bob", he's actually happier with outright bullshit.

* You could make the case that Bing is copying Google but in design and subsidiary software, not search results. This whole thing was just proof that the Bing toolbar works exactly the same way as the Google toolbar. Personally I strongly advice against all browser toolbars. They all spy on you. Much like everything else Google does, actually.

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unfinished mobile OS is unfinished.

Film at 11.

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Nigerian prince swaps the sweet talk for keyloggers and exploits

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Re: non english-speaking countries?

head asplode icon plz

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べーコンはどこですか? demands post-pub nosh fan

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Here's one for you.

That's a chicken, cheese and bourbon and bacon jam wrap, where the wrap is not some wishy-washy tortilla, it's Serrano ham. Invented by the legend* that is Martin Cowley.

*for the ignorant, Martin is the bloke who told that pissy Scots git on Dragon's Den to go fuck himself.

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Greece? Zzzz. EU bank says TWEETING can move the stock market

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Re: Is this how it's done?

We should probably try it.

Pick a stock, every commentard twots out some drivel like "investing today! #bullishOnStockWeChoseAtRandom" - with the swapped out variable, of course - and see what happens.

Don't even need to buy that stock - in fact, for science it's probably better not to since the rush of small buys might itself lead to a following market, thus screwing up the twerting as prime cause.

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Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable

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Re: @Frank Bough

> I wonder how many of the readers here have Breitling, Tag Heuer, Rolex or other luxury or artisan watches that make my 12 year old £40 Sekonda or my £25 Zeon tech backup look positively ordinary!

Well, I've got my dad's Jaeger leCoultre but that's 60 years old and probably makes your Sekonda look like rocket science.

Nice watch, though. Never loses time.

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