* Posts by dogged

4992 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Sex disease surge in US state partly blamed on hook-up apps

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Meh

All those "abstinence only" schools are clearly innocent of any culpability.

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Split decision: Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible

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Re: spoonerism

Do you perhaps mean "malapropism"? The Reverend Spooner rarely commented on USB devices, to my knowledge.

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" a microUSB card slot" - a what?

I was tempted until I noticed that it's a Bluetooth keyboard dock now. I think this is a mistake. Having the extra battery life from the dock was one of the Transformer range's big bonus points - dropping that and adding an extra power-drain in the form of a wireless connection seems a bit like shooting yourself in the foot.

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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Re: Consensus is not science

Or, as a friend of mine puts it -

"Most people are pretty stupid. Therefore, gaining consensus on a subject is a lot easier than actually being right about it".

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Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

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Re: How many will remain ?

OP is one of a small group of fire and brimstone F/OSS evangelists who criticize any company/product they don't like (and thus don't use and are thus astoundingly ignorant about) at every opportunity.

Humour? About as likely as the (Westboro) Phelps family supporting a Pride march, and for broadly similar reasons.

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Re: How many will remain ?

> If they follow their guidelines, they will have to boot a lot of apps ... even MS Office, since it is much more expensive than, say, Libre Office, yet offers little, if any, added value.

Yeah, because LibreOffice is available as a Windows Store app... except that it isn't and you have no idea what you're talking about.

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Re: Serious question

I understand that RyokuMas does pretty well on his WP games.

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Windows Store apps can be released with a Trial mode (as I recall, it's time limited but it's been a while...)

One of the big giveaways that something is a scam app is that it does not have this option available.

If MS were to make the Trial option mandatory for paid apps, it might solve a great many problems.

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Re: On a related note

> The top ten list of apps in each category will be reduced to the top five - until such time as there are ten apps in the category.

In a similar move, the top ten list of linux desktops is due to be replaced by a top 5 list of linux desktop users until such time as there are ten linux desktop users.

Isn't this game fun?

(NB - I will probably be one of the five).

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'iPhone 6S' to push fanbois around with 'Force Touch display'

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Re: Idiot Tax?

well, you should have said you were a fanboi. That changes someone's priorities, much like being a Scientologist.

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Re: Idiot Tax?

It can be hackintoshed if that's your preference.

It will also run non-proprietary BSDs that don't phone home to Cupertino.

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Re: Idiot Tax?

> I think you are right, in the past you could get the same PC equivalent as a Mac for half the price, but these days the 'Idiot Tax' joke doesn't fit any more.

I disagree This thing rubs the Macbook Air's face in the dirt and is literally half the price.

iMacs are also stupidly expensive.

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Re: that's a nice hat

You don't get the blame the Queen for the nightmare we keep electing (the colour of tie changes but that's about all).

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Musk: 'It's BS for ex-Vulture to claim I forced employee to miss sprog's birth'

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Re: Big moments vs the small...

Because somebody downvotes everything I post. I'm used to it.

They'll be round for this one pretty soon.

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Re: Big moments vs the small...

The birth itself is a long period of being absolutely useless. You stand there and hold her hand and say encouraging things that you both know are fatuous bullshit while totally unable to do anything productive or helpful whatsoever.

I've done it twice now. The only reason I did it was because she wanted me to and neither time was I doing anything more notable than consuming extra space and oxygen.

My second son forgot to keep breathing after he was born and we had a crash team in - I didn't even know what was going on.

My dad once told me that a man's role in a childbirth is to wait outside looking worried and offer people cigars. He had it right. The alternative is just slow torture for everyone involved.

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New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

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Re: Bah!

Not at all. I'm simply pointing out that the tiles are only there in Tablet mode and can be removed entirely, by you, by anyone. That's called a choice.

Do you object to choice?

How very Apple of you.

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Re: One more reason

> One more reason for me to never ever install Windows 10. Except this is the clincher.

I can only assume you comment on Windows 10 articles to somehow attempt to convert others to your viewpoint (a glance through this thread reinforces the assumption quite strongly).

Why?

Will your opinion become more "right" if other people agree with you?

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Re: Bah!

Only if you want them. But if all you're going to do is look at the pictures, they should be perfect for you.

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Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'

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Re: Probably wouldn't have changed anything anyway.

That is an excellent argument. Well done, sir.

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Pretty harsh moderation on this article.

It appears that we're not allowed to criticize the (blatant) attempt to blame Google and the EFF for child prostitution, human trafficking and racketeering.

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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> But the question I want answered is how much does Windows IoT edition cost?

It's free, according to everything I can find.

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Re: Let the see the error of their ways

yeah, that whole Universal App thing kind of passed you by, didn't it?

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Candlelit vigil planned to honour executed Newcastle cow Bessie

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Re: Ahhh blissful ignorance

It's pretty rare except when DEFRA decide your land is within 3 miles (yes miles) of a Foot & Mouth outbreak and kill all your perfectly healthy animals just so it looks like they're doing something.

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Re: Praying's not good enough

they should invite a copper to come along and explain how they tried to calm her down with their sirens and helicopter.

Perhaps a crowd that asked that kind of question might need to be calmed down, though.

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Safari URL-spoofing vuln reveals how fanbois can be led astray

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> The proof-of-concept invites users to visit what appears to be the Daily Mail website

And they're sending this Guardian-reading iThing owners? I guess that's called deliberately making sure your PoC is safe.

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Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

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Hey, when you (not necessarily Michael Habel but some weird little freak) went on your downvote spree - seriously, a link supplied in response to somebody asking where to find a TV show? There is no hope for you. Go back to Call of Duty - you missed this one.

You're welcome.

Loser.

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dude, are you a Microsoft employee doing a (very successful) pastiche of a raving penguinista halfwit?

I can't think of any other explanation.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: Why not nationalise all the banks?

Given the state of the M48 bridge, their efficiency lines are about on a par with those of local councils who can't be arsed to fix potholes.

Mind you, it is possible to force their hand...

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Re: bank of dave?

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/bank-of-dave

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Re: Why not nationalise all the banks?

I'm shocked at the number of (semi)-public French companies running British utilities. Trains, the Severn crossings, etc...

It's like it's ALWAYS better for private industry to run things than the public sector unless the public sector in question is somebody else's.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: A cow is actually quite dangerous

> While a distressed cow can be quite dangerous most farmers can and do handle them on a daily basis.

That's because farmers try to avoid terrifying the poor bloody animal with a fucking helicopter.

The stupid in these police is way, way too strong.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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Re: Connecting to wifi

> I come to El Reg for the comedy and I fully expect the author to rip the piss out of whatever the subject of the article is.

I agree. However it would be nice if the author listed genuine shortcomings rather than making some up. Still, I guess if you read a Gavin Clarke review of a Microsoft product, you're asking for everything you get. It's like an Ed Miliband review of bacon sandwiches.

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Re: Why Why I always asked myself for Surface

8.1 has the classic "X" closure in the top right-hand corner.

Forgive me if I doubt your wonderful story.

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Google App Engine Java sandbox is leaking, say researchers

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Re: And the good news is?

Would you like to buy this bridge?

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Re: Desperation

What part of "preview" is too hard for you? OF COURSE it's instrumented.

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Re: Desperation

As desperate as Apple, who also offer their OS for free?

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Re: Worse case scenario...

I wondered whether people were still pushing the "subscription" FUD.

Thanks for clearing that up for me.

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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Re: Crown jewel

> Oh? I thought if you approach them with a chronic condition that'll take mucho money to treat and will take this side of forever, you're instead shown the door and told to go somewhere and DIE.

Did the Republican Party tell you that? Because it's bullshit. If it wasn't, there would be no Multiple Sclerosis treatment on the NHS, which there most definitely is. Also anti-HIV drugs, etc as (literally) nauseam

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Re: "every single thing"

> You keep stats? 'Sufficient unto the day' dear friend.

No, I just have a good memory and the Your Posts page is handy for keeping up with a conversation.

Although most aren't worth bothering with.

Take this one - Article about Windows 10? Quick! Log on to the comments and tell everyone you use linux! Then they will know how cool and uber and an "experienced Pro" you are. Very little in the comments about the actual article, just the usual communal dick-rub about how awesome it is to be a Penguinista.

And don't get me wrong, it is awesome. I've been using Debian since 1998 so I can see how some people could get excited about it. What it is not is a) big b) clever -anymore, most WMs and installers have got a lot friendlier to the newb and that's a good thing - or c) relevant in any way.

It's like a whole crowd of people getting erections over how they can drive a car with a manual gearbox - standard response should be "so fucking what?"

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Re: "and they're losing faith.'

> And you sir deserve a slap

Oh, do we have to be nice to arrogant idiots now? He's not our CEO so I don't have to pretend he isn't a moron

BTW, was your "slap" the new downvote added to my total on every single thing I've posted in the last month? Ooh, ooh, that hurts make it stop argh argh wait actually grow the fuck up and stop being so petty.

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@Paul Shirley

If MS had removed the "theming code", Start 8 could not exist.

Your argument is nonsensical.

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Re: "and they're losing faith.'

If you don't know exactly how customizable the Windows interface has always been - and here's a hint, Start8 is the very least of what's possible - then I'm glad they don't design for "experienced Pros like [you]".

What are you Pro at exactly? Wheelbarrow maintenance?

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Welcome to the family ... Microsoft licks nib of Surface pen maker N-trig

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Re: How does N-trig compare to Wacom?

fuck you, downvoter.

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Tesco tries to talk Tesco Mobile up from 'Value' to 'Finest' ahead of sale

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Re: overstreched

fine user of the Grocer's Apostrophe there, sir.

Nice to see that commentards can still do irony better than Alanis Morrisette.

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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Re: How many edits do they get?

> You are implying the Wikipedia model actually works. Oh, wait, it does.

Be honest, the Time to Cock on this was always going to measured in nanoseconds.

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Microsoft springs for new undersea cables to link US, UK, Asia

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Re: Sure...

> Wouldn't want to mention having private global SkypeNameChosenToAvoidMurdochOwnedLawyers aspirations

Fixed

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: Up the Pole!

It's fairly obvious that Scotland is grossly over-represented.

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> And does the media ever properly explain how polls are conducted and what statistical methods are used?

Lord Ashcroft does.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Re: The UK can leave

> the EU, I will be glad in many ways. It will be more easier imposing barriers to nice practices like the ones that give us the "mad cows".

I've been staying out of this one but you stepped into an area of special concern for me.

Bovine Spongiform Ecephalopathy is actually pretty rampant in the EU and first cases were reported long before it became an issue in the UK. But the UK is a pariah because the UK actually enforces EU-mandated animal disposal rules. A farmer in France with a BSE-afflicted animal will simply shoot it and bury it. In the UK, it gets reported.

Much the same for the good ol' US of States.

So, are you eating BSE-beef? If it comes from the EU, almost certainly. If it comes from the UK, almost certainly not.

Hope this helps.

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