* Posts by dogged

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Overseas viewers

> In my experience, overseas viewers can't "freeload it".

I know - it's region locked. My point was that it would no longer need to be, if it were locked to license holders.

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Trickle it in

All you really need to do is make iPlayer demand a code on your (physical or virtual) license in order to work at all.

This would raise revenue considerably because you could make licenses available world-wide, safe in the knowledge that overseas viewers would actually be paying for the BBC and not just freeloading it.

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Re: "Child-friendly advertising?!?"

@Indolent Wretch -

I think there's a case to be made for review shows (sort of like the Gadget Show only for actual kids) where reviewers have no pressure to actually sell anything. That gets the message out there but without the black voodoo of advertising fucking with your kids.

A £10million ad campaign aimed at a 1630Hrs timeslot though - that's pretty much the definition of "blandly evil".

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"Child-friendly advertising?!?"

Do you mean this?

or this?

Nothing which attempts to sell products to children or attempts to harness "pester power" is acceptable.

Ever.

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W3C recommends Pointer Events standard – but it's a touchy subject. Right, Apple?

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Re: Point of order

> In recent years the attitude from MS has been changing to the point where I'd be tempted to consider it actually altruistic.

It's kind of like Despicable Me. He's clearly a "bad guy" but he loves his adopted daughters and knows each of his minions by name.....

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Re: Point of order

I always enjoy riling up the emotional fanboys with a few well-chosen facts.

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Point of order

the W3C never formally recommended Touch Events. There were moves to do so but then Apple threatened them with the possibility that the entire API was covered by restrictive Apple patents, which Apple made it clear they had no intention of offering on a royalty free basis. I further note that Apple are now saying there are no patents but this was pre-Samsung case. Maybe they were aiming to go after Samsung super-hard.

Anyway, it was at that point that MS developed Pointer Events and Mozilla and jQuery got on board. Pointer Events is written to be patent and royalty-free.

What Google are doing is... well, it's complicated. Apple are being dicks but you expect that. Google are probably just enjoying the opportunity to be dicks to people who use Windows touch devices - and what with touch-screen laptops, there are a whole fuckload of those out there - while blaming Apple for it and Mozilla are still aiming for workable web apps, which is obviously damaging to Apple and Google's "App Store" revenue so unlikely to be welcomed with open arms.

MS' motives in developing and offering Pointer Events for free? I don't know. Good experience for Windows tablet users? Hard to find a cynical reason although I really am trying.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Re: Apple said it intended to appeal and called for patent reform

Dictionaries

Buy one.

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Re: If there is to be any hope ...

Only if they happened to be for sale.

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Now with Grunt and Gulp: Cross-platform ASP.NET in new Visual Studio 2015 preview

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Re: Crap in - Crap out

Ah, I see. All those billion-dollar industries are stupid. Good thing you're so much cleverer than them.

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> It's good for beginners, but after a few years you grow out of it.

"app" developer detected. Or possibly "web developer".

Come back in ten years, son. When you've written something that does some actual work.

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Re: Dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century

Yes, it was.

THIRTY FUCKING YEARS AGO.

Are you suggesting that nobody at MS has altered the compiler significantly since its release in 1985?

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Re: Can run cross platform (XP?)

> Can run cross platform (XP?) I thought that was one of the aims of Windows XP?

see icon.

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On the Windows side, this is the tool which supports Microsoft’s “universal app” strategy, allowing developers to build a single app for Windows desktop, tablet and mobile.

Just to clarify, Tim - you are talking about VS2015 ("the tool") and not the ASP.NET web framework you were talking about at the end of the previous paragraph?

That's kind of confusing on the first read-through, especially as the grammar points to the latter case which is er, utter nonsense.

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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@Kubla Cant

I'm in the UK but EU law and US law are fairly agreed on the concept. A "natural" monopoly arises from the market. Everyone got MS DOS and then Windows, nobody got OS/2 because bleh, OEMs bundled Windows because of consumer demand* short of ordering MS to make their product worse or withdraw it from sale, that's how it was.

The obligatory flawed car analogy is that if everyone buys Hondas and all the other manufacturers go bust or become tiny minority players, hey, good for Honda.

What is illegal is attempting to leverage an existing monopoly into a horizontal or vertical market. This is what MS was accused of doing with Internet Explorer (the merits of the case remain debatable - Netscape Navigator cost money and was notably inferior and there was never any effort made by MS to monetize their new leading browser market share or prevent users from choosing Navigator or Opera). This is also what Google have been accused of doing with selling subsidiary services by inflating their Search rankings and what Apple somehow failed to be accused of in leveraging their iPod/iTunes monopoly (by market share) into phone handsets and then tablets.

Leveraging an existing monopoly horizontally is illegal. It's also what's now become known as "ecosystem".

* wah, wah windows tax wah don't wanna wah linux wah wah wah monopolist wah - there, that saved you some time. Yes OEMs bundled Windows by consumer demand starting with IBM themselves. You might not want it but generally businesses on that scale don't go around doing stuff that pushes their cost per unit price up just to annoy nerds.

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> I don't know how people have the patience for the monopolist's OS.

you mean Android?

Here's a hint, billium. Either they are all monopolists or they all want to be. And here's another hint - there's nothing illegal about a monopoly.

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Re: Pokki is fine

you'd rather have a malware vector than Windows 8.

Jesus, the lengths some people will go to in order to avoid learning something.

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Re: You can always try YumCha

what does chinese tea have to do with this?

If we're talking about a supplier/builder, please advise who (TF) YumCha are because Google doesn't know, beyond some silk importers and tea shops.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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I'm still appalled by that Cillit Bang ad.

He lies straight out of the box. He is not Barry Scott. He's an actor playing the part of Barry Scott. He is Neil Burgess. There never was a Barry Scott.

After that, how can you believe any of it?

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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

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Re: My apologies.

I echo the above sentiment with a minor alteration so that it regards GCHQ.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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Re: crapware free

> Nor will I be considering Samsung laptops.

Didn't Samsung recently drop out of the (European) laptop market anyway?

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I wish I'd leaked sooner says Edward Snowden in post-Oscar chinwag

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Re: Rand Paul...

maybe at that point they showed him what they had on him.

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Re: Law of unintended consequences

I think that's the first time I've seen you use a post title other than "Sir".

But on-topic, well said.

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Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

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Re: argh!

@John Robson

Okay, maybe we shouldn't burn them to the ground if they're primary schools. This might be quite cool for those, provided you can stop the kids from sticking it in the school fishtank or filling it with plasticine.

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argh!

It’s good for schools who [...] don’t want to get bogged down in electronics

Those schools should be burned to the ground.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Google drive too

Technically, according to Google's T&Cs, doesn't that mean he would eternally assign all copyright over the work to Google?

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Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

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Well, the short answer seems to be "the entire security industry plus Microsoft and Mozilla" so far.

Making Windows look like it contains adware by default is a very good way to upset a quite large and quite wealthy company in Redmond WA who have access to a lot of lawyers.

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Outrage is pretty limited though - it's limited to, well, us.

And none of us are affected because as somebody stated above, job #1 is to wipe the corporate laptop shipment and put the corporate image on it. And if we bought it for our own use with our own money, we probably didn't buy the shitty low-end machines that were infected. And if we did, we'd probably still have re-imaged them immediately and thus, not been affected.

The corporates don't give a damn because they are not affected. The consumers don't give a damn because they almost certainly still don't even know and probably never will. The only outrage is here and frankly, we are not important. I know, I know, your ego, all those guys going "I am keeping XP forever because fuck you Microsoft hahahaha bet that made Nadella cry", all the "Sony? Rootkit! Rootkit!" crowd, all the people who hate Apple.... we're not important. We are, in the grand scheme of things, nothing. Nobody cares about your start menu or your Bootcamped MBP or your hacked Dell. To the people who make the money and the people who spend the money, we are nothing.

Lenovo will make something shiny, Engadget will come in their pants about it, the Verge will give it 4/10 (based on the traditional -5 points for not being designed by Jony Ive), Curry's will put it on a big flashy stand and sell millions of them and life will go on.

I'd still like a ThinkPad X1 Carbon, that hasn't changed. I'd still reimage it immediately, that hasn't changed. Lenovo will make billions this years, that hasn't changed.

Sometimes I think we should really get the fuck over ourselves.

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Be your own Big Brother: Covert home spy gadgetry

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Re: "You want to be with your loved one every moment, or at the very least know what they're up to."

> Can't argue with any of your points Jake - but I hope you didn't take the "True Love" angle of the article too seriously!

Of course he did, otherwise he'd have had to complain about a technical inaccuracy that isn't there.

Far easier to simply decry all technology as unnecessary.

jake posts by banging rocks on a telegraph wire.

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Blackhat: Michael Mann brings an informed cybercrime yarn to the silver screen

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Re: Hero

Or maybe the lesson is that being intelligent does not somehow magically prevent you from eating protein or lifting weights.

Unless you care to offer evidence to the contrary?

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: The Premiership as an example of good capitalism?

> I wasn't aware that falling alcohol consumption amid health campaigns were bad capitalism. I stand corrected.

It's possible that pricing pubs out of the alcohol market in favour of major political donorssupermarkets along the smoking ban have more to do with that.

On the latter, there's an example of bad capitalism writ large - non-smokers said they didn't go to pubs because of the smoke. So they banned smoking and non-smokers still didn't go to the pub. Also, less smokers went to the pub. So the pubs closed.

It's not as if landlords were stupid - it's cheaper (in cleaning, redecorating and replacing nicked ashtrays) to run a non-smoking pub. If there had been such a huge demand for non-smoking pubs, there would have already been a shitload of non-smoking pubs. Instead there were about three and nobody went to them.

But no, the health puritans have to fuck things up for everyone. And then live longer and cost the NHS money.

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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Re: great.scot

up.scot sounds like a porn domain for people with a tartan fetish.

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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Re: I've often wondered

> OK, but if we give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he's a shrewd operator whose tongue trips him up occasionally, being articulate is a fairly critical skill for the Leader of the Free World, wouldn't you say? :-D

Well, apparently not. Incidentally, most of the Free World does not regard POTUS as its leader in any way.

Inarticulacy didn't stop GHWB from becoming head of the CIA, for example.

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Re: I've often wondered

I never said he was articulate :)

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Upgrading Win 8.1 to Win 10 TP

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Setup did an in-place install from the ISO. No errors.

Sorry, I wish i could be more help.

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Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

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Re: @dogged

Oh, I agree.

After nearly 20 years in this industry, the only thing I am certain will never change is that Oracle hates you.

However, for sheer evil, embedding Java sprocs was a masterstroke.

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Oracle's are mostly related to embedding Java in it, which I suspect was done as proof that even Oracle can be made more obnoxious, obtuse, unfriendly and expensive if you try really hard.

Vulnerabilities affecting data in SQL Server tend not to be based on SQL Server because it outsources so much of its security layer to Windows and Active Directory (apart from the classic "sa - no password" thing which is thankfully becoming rarer).

You're simply not comparing like with like.

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Not so much "pro-Windows" as "anti-FUD" usually. Windows has its place, just as linux does and even Apple has a place even if that place is as far away from me as possible (I know, it's irrational, I just can't stand the whole scientology aspect of it).

I agree that it's an issue for those 1020 owners and I hope they get it fixed soon. The nature of an intermittent fault is that it's hard to diagnose, though, so the engineer in me is wary about blanket condemnations.

If there are in fact less than say, 1000 owners affected, it would probably be cheaper and better PR for Microsoft to simply offer each of them a new phone. How many there actually are, we can't really know - the point of my post was not to "prove" that it's a small problem, only to demonstrate that we do not have sufficient data to declare it a big problem.

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Re: Just for the record: My iPhone 6+ still working fine

Be fair, our Bob hates Apple just as much as he hates Microsoft.

Bob loves only the Goog.

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Re: Downgrade option

I need to stop posting on this thread but hey, it's lunchtime and I'm waiting for the new servers anyway.

Short answer is that they do.

First, download this.

Then install it.

Then back up your phone using the "Back up now" thing in Settings.

Run the program.

Plug in your phone.

Let the PC and program recognize your phone.

Select the WP8 option for your phone.

Overwrite your phone's OS with that selected version.

This only works for Nokias but the Lumia 1020 is a Nokia, so....

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Re: Just for the record: My iPhone 6+ still working fine

Q: How do you know when a complete wanker has an iPhone?

A: They tell you.

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Well apparently they each own somewhere between 55 and 63 Lumia 1020s, but they are all intermittently frozen due to the update so it may take them a while to find something they can reply on.

We all know that there are no other handset models at all and never were except for WP7 because that makes MS looks bad and nobody else in the world owns a Windows Phone and everyone who says they do is a M$ shill.

Is that the answer you were looking for?

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I had a look at the "massive thread". There are over 700 posts on it and that's impressive. What's rather less impressive is that right at the top there's a button you can press to indicate that you too have this problem and want it solved. It also shows a counter of how many people have the problem.

223.

Now, I know that will come as heartbreaking news to that AC who always asks how all four Windows Phone users will react to any Windows Phone article the Reg decides to run but he's a prick so let's concentrate on the actual number. Thanks for the downvote, AC!

The thread may contain other posters who did not click the button but I removed all posts from the OP and that took it down to 644 - he's certainly been posting a lot. I then removed all posts from MS staffers (they are clearly identified) and got the total down to 481. At a rough estimate, about half the remaining posts are from people trying to be helpful so let's say we're at 250, being generous.

So the total is somewhere between 223 and 250.

Obviously, this issue may affect many more people than just those posting in this single forum thread so I took a quick shufti at windowscentral.com (previously wpcentral.com) where I did find this (related - http://www.windowscentral.com/struggling-lumia-925-lumia-1020-freezes-microsoft-will-soon-release-fix) and scrolling through the comments indicates that maybe 1/10 of their commentards have experienced the issue although this may overlap with the reported numbers on the official forum. The thread s 420 comments but many are multiple posts by the same commentards.

So what we know for sure is that it affects some 1020s but by no means all - wpcentral indicates less than a quarter of 1020 owners commenting experience the bug) and some 925s but those are rarer so it's much harder to get an idea of the scale.

None of the other x20 series seem to be affected and none of the newer x30 and x35 series.

So, about that WINDOWS PHONE DOOMED THERE IS A BUG MS DON'T CARE ALL THEIR USERS ARE LEAVING IN DROVES article....

Not so much, really.

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

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Re: Quote from an interview

in situations where the average person is under financial strain, advocating a relaxation of immigration laws is guaranteed to be wildly unpopular. MS already have an Indian CEO and I suspect their board would start to be concerned about the sheer number of dumbfuck rednecks in the USA who would take violent offence to such lobbying.

Or the slating that MS would get in (currently Republican) Congress.

Meanwhile down in Dixie -

Well sheeeeeeeee-it, boy. Micra-soft be importin' more of them there brown fellers and their muslamic womenfolk? I say we go buy from Apple. The Cook feller may be queer but at least he's a Merrican queer".

while any economist who has ever looked at the figures involved supports open immigration policies, the public do not and the disgusting perversions they elect to represent them view immigration as a handy thing to rabble-rouse about. Nothing gets the voters to love you like a lynching.

Calling Microsoft "wankers" for obeying the law seems a little extreme, unless you have a personal undisclosed interest in this.

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Or it could be that people who want there to be no racism are, bizarrely, likely to be racist.

Just World Hypothesis.

I found it quite interesting.

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

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Claire Perry?

So you'll be able to get a wifi connection but everything available on it will be heavily censored and pre-approved by Mumsnet and the Daily Mail?

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Powered OTG hub

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Unboxing was an exciting affair where I opened a box. I can't post photos to the Reg's forums so you'll just have to imagine the sheer thrill of receiving a small cardboard box from Amazon and then opening it.

Woohoo.

There's a lot in the box. A Prime Instant Video 30 Day Trial bit of spam, a very small instruction manual, the hub itself, a small power brick, a UK plug, a male-to-male USB cable, a microUSB->USB Female OTG cable, a USB Male to microUSB male cable.... yeah, I think that was all.

The hub has a slightly unusual config. On the "back" (which I kept facing me at me at all times) are, from left to right, a power button, the power input socket (proprietary), a USB IN port (that one confused me but let's go with it), three USB 2 female ports and two further USB Female ports specifically designated as charging ports, one for each common voltage. On the left-hand side (from my preferred "back" view) is an SD Card slot and another slot, probably some camera thing. Ididn't bother with those.

The microUSB charging/peripherals port on the Asus Vivotab Note 8 is, annoyingly, on the top of the device so I did not use at as a dock because duh. Instead, I plugged the OTG cable into the tablet, plugged the M->M USB cable into the OTG F port and the other end into the USB IN port.

I filled out the non-powered USB ports with an MS Intellimouse Explorer 2 and an MS Keyboard because a) knock MS software all you like but their peripherals are always reliable and b) I'm trying to load Windows 10 so giving it hardware it probably knows about seemed like a good idea.

The final port was filled with a SanDisk 8GB USB key loaded with the Win10 x86 ISO and made bootable.

The tablet recognised the mouse and keyboard immediately and without loading drivers. It also loaded the thumb drive without issue but, as rebooting to UEFI proved, still refused to boot from the damned thing.

It may be that the hub had not loaded (although UEFI certainly responded to the keyboard so that seems dubious) or it could just be Asus' annoying BIOS.

So I have to report that the hub works well and exactly as advertised. It seems a solid little piece of hardware, potentially toddler-proof though I'm not eager to test this.

If you're interested, I did manage to load Win10 but only by booting into Win8.1 and actually running setup.exe from the thumbdrive. Once that had done its thing, I was surprised to find that an in-place upgrade had occurred (this had failed from MS's internet-based upgrader several times) and everything seemed to work.

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Cortana to form CIRCLE OF LIFE in Windows 10

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Re: Yes But...

> Isn't it just a bit disturbing that Cortana can't flush herself out of your system without a reboot?

It's understandable when you bear in mind that when the Cortana app is installed in Windows Phone it comes via update (hence reboot) and attaches itself to the hardware "Search" key. When you switch Cortana off, the reboot sets the "Search" key back to Bing.

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Re: Good fucking gawd/ess.

Surely you don't expect jake to actually find out what he's angry about?

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