* Posts by dogged

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

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which is presumably why sales were up.

Alternatively, you're just reading your own opinions into things where they aren't actually there.

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

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Re: Fair use

It's even simpler than that, AC.

Have I bought the physical media or a license for the content? If it's the media, then I own it and I can make a backup because I'm protecting my investment. If it's a license then I have paid for that license and will listen to the content on any media I fucking well like.

What it can't be is both. Because that's just UK Music insisting I buy a new CD every time one gets unplayable from use in the car and it's that kind of bullshit that leads people to torrent their content.

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

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Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore? And why?

>I think the world consists of people who don't wear a watch, and cannot conceive that anyone else would, and people who do wear a watch, and cannot conceive that anyone else wouldn't, actually.

I disagree. I think the divide is "people who don't wear a watch and cannot conceive that anyone else would" and "people who do wear a watch".

I don't much care if you prefer to go for the pocketwatch phone option. That's your business. My watch is my business and you don't get to criticize it.

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Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore? And why?

I do. Glancing at my wrist is much quicker than fishing my phone out of my pocket.

And because I've been wearing a watch since long before mobile phones were a thing and it's a convenience I don't want to be rid of. The "phone as watch" thing is basically a regression to a particularly large, ugly and annoying form of pocket watch. Not for me.

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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linux has many virtues but being high in fibre isn't one of them.

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Re: "IE fans"

No.

In general MS products do not have fans (XBox seems to be the exception). They're just things you use to do stuff with.

This seems impossible to grasp for those who have declared affection for other tech manufacturers or advertising bureaux but it's true. MS doesn't have fans beyond some frankly rather embarrassing idiots on wpcentral. I know that frustrates them but it's true.

Could be worse though, Satya. You could be universally despised (note - the Reg's comment boards do not count as "universal"). Like Oracle.

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> In fact, the new browser called Vivaldi

Is actually a fancy shell on an old browser called "WebKit" which uses hundreds of proprietary extensions and is the single biggest danger of browser monoculture.

There, fixed that for you.

Vivaldi is also shit and highly crashy. You forgot to mention that, AC.

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Re: Strange advert....

Google Play. Functionality has been shifted away from "Android" and into Google Play continuously since Gingerbread. It's almost as if Google have decided that open source was a bad idea.

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Re: Strange advert....

> It is not opensource, so it cannot be trusted.

Neither is most of Android. Your point?

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Re: The king is dead !

With your absolute knowledge of the future, can you give me Friday's Euromillions numbers?

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You say that but you're on the Register. Here, everything from war in the Middle East to a slightly uncomfortable bowel movement is viewed as MS's fault and grounds for a move to linux.

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What Edge doesn't do is implement CSS with "-webkit-" prefixes. If anything has embraced and extended web standards, it's WebKit.

Mozilla and MS (with Edge) are the only things preventing it from extinguishing them.

Like the first commenter, I'm not switching until there are equivalents of AdBlock, NoScript and Ghostery - I'll stick with Firefox until that happens.

After it happens (since Edge supports a plug-in architecture, it will happen), I might well switch. Some ad-hoc testing in a Win10 VM indicates that it's orders of magnitude faster in use than either Chrome or Firefox (although to be fair, this may be because there are no plugins).

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: Need an opt out

> I want the option to not pay anything, and throw the TV in the bin.

You already have that option.

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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Re: NOT to worry

Good of you to put your name to that prediction, AC.

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

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Cool.

It's really nice to see FirefoxOS getting things right.

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Thanks for open sourcing .NET say Point of Sale villains

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It runs on linux too.

Embrace, Extend, EmsomethingRegCommenterswillinevitablytrotout

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

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Stop

We get it, you like Apple.

Apple Pay will still fail everywhere outside Starbucks.

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Sod the law! We'll crack on with our metadata witchhunts, growl cops

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Re: And we're to trust them with facial recognition tech?

> Couple a police force with a flagrant disregard for privacy and a disdainful attitude to the public they are supposed to serve with a government (any party) who've a penchant for creating nebulous, ill-defined laws (especially laws targeting abstract concepts) and we'll all be potentially guilty of thought crime.

I'm interested - why have you used the future tense instead of the present?

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: THE SKY IS FALLING!

> I wonder why people keep saying you should just install Linux......

You misspelled "I wonder why I keep saying you should just install Linux......"

And the answer is because you don't actually do anything productive with a computer.

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Re: THE SKY IS FALLING!

@Mad Mike -

Give it a rest. WSUS still works on Windows 10. It's not as if it's an expensive solution either, given the total cost of, er, free. And if you happen to be a home user, well a) you should have automatic updates turned on anyway b) updates can be rolled back seamlessly and c) if you don't keep backups, the problem exists between keyboard and chair.

Call the Waaaaaaahmbulance or alternatively, run another clickbait article for fucktards like hplasm to flick one off over.

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Re: I went and saw if there was anything about WSUS and Windows 10

Stop it! Stop actually looking things up and basing your reaction on actual information!

Didn't you know THE SKY IS FALLING AND ALL THE WINDOWS INSTALLS YOU DON'T HAVE BECAUSE EVERYONE HERE USES LINUX WILL EXPLODE IN MASSIVE FIREBALLS?

Honestly, some people.

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> 1) that's borked any chance of the NHS ever adopting Win10

because no way would the NHS run an enterprise version with a service agreement, oh no, they'll buy individual licenses for Win10 Home edition.

Or that's the view from Planet WhatTheFuckAreYouSmoking anyway.

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THE SKY IS FALLING!

Oh wait, no, just another El Reg article.

Honestly, could you ton down the hysteria a little? It gets old fast.

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Microsoft boffins borrow smartmobe brains to give wearables 9x kick

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Re: this is cutting edge research ?

> Why should I write it?

Because you say it's so easy and self-evident. The only way you could confidently state that is if you wrote the paper or if you're just jerking off.

Thanks for telling us which.

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Re: this is cutting edge research ?

That's why you wrote it, right?

What, you didn't write it?

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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Re: Hey Neil, if its not worth the money

No it won't because then the streaming services would charge for it anyway, leaving everyone with shit audio quality and the purveyors of said shit audio quality even better rewarded.

I know "make it free" is a kneejerk reaction among some sections of the commentariat but seriously, try thinking. It can help.

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Not about the money....

To be fair, given the amount of songwriting credits Neil Young has racked up, it probably really isn't about the money.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: "Love it or hate it, the app store is here to stay"

But if you consider it to be a Windows version of apt-get you wouldn't be too far wrong, especially now that Win32 programs can be packaged for Store distribution.

It ain't just WinRT apps anymore, Toto.

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> 16GB free disk space??? WTF, why so much?

Mostly for the rollback facility. The upgrade stashes the guts of your old Win7/8/8.1 in a Windows.old directory and can revert to it at any time in the first month after install if you decide you don't like Win10.

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Re: Summary of article

Terry Myerson and Gabe Aul both promised that ISOs would be released after the 29th.

So there's some more FUD - did you think the article didn't have enough?

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Re: I think all my laptops ( bar one) and PCs would run Win10

> A new laptop to replace a totally Matte finish 1600 x 1200 screen laptop with decent backlight is seriously expensive and wider. 16:9 is too wide. 1080 is worse than decent 2002 screens.

Nah. A 2013 Thinkpad X1 Carbon with that exact screen (in touchscreen formation no less) will set you back about £300 on Ebay.

I know this because I bought one.

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Microsoft's Surface Hub mega-slab DELAYED 'cause you demanded it

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Re: They're mad

> 'The Board' are probably impressed by shiny powerpoints.

No, they're electronics engineers. They're impressed by attention to detail.

"The Board" in a small precision engineering company is rather different to the "the board" in some faceless multinational.

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Re: They're mad

> Lenovo and Dell probably throw away more laptops for quality control failures than there are Surface customers, or ever will be.

> Probably not what you wanted to hear.

I don't give a fuck how many they throw away or for what reasons. All I know is, the board are impressed by the level of after-sales service.

You clearly don't like that, and you also don't like hearing about Hellcat's replaced unit.

I don't much give a fuck what you like either, though.

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Re: They're mad

> Neither do MS.

I realize that's probably a Register-commentard-pleasing joke along the lines of "ho ho ho, M$, they're shit at everything" but our directors have Surface Pro 3s and the after-sales support has been a bit of a revelation compared to Dell (who we usually buy from) and even Lenovo (who we _were_ supposed to be moving to).

That level of service has caused some rethinking in the boardroom and Lenovo are now basically being told they have to be as good as MS.

Probably not what you wanted to hear.

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Re: Welcome to 20th err 21st Century Ireland

In the late 90's, I wrote the mapping dll for a service (which Vodafone bought out) to supply dynamic mapping/address finding in Ireland to cellphones using WAP.

With no postcodes.

I honestly think it would have killed me if it weren't for the tender ministrations of Doctor Jameson.

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Re: Dingley Dell

That's showing your age.

And mine, dammit.

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'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker

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Re: @ dogged

You're right, I got that bit wrong.

But John Smedley co-founded Verant Interactive which was bought by Sony in 2000 (not 1995, so you're wrong too) and has been CEO ever since. [citation provided].

This makes him somewhat unlikely to have been involved in any rootkit scandals as those were entirely the responsibility of Sony BMG [citation provided], an entirely different company albeit one now folded into Sony Corporation (which, btw, Sony Online Entertainment never was).

So it's still stupid to go "baaaah, Sony, rootkits, linux on PS3s" on the guy who runs MMOs for a living.

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> You eat from the trough, you get tarred with the same brush.

By the stupid.

That's like blaming NTrig (recently acquired by Microsoft) for Windows ME.

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> the CEO is the CEO of SONY ( remember the rootkits, the DRM, the removal of Linux, etc ) and think bollocks.

No, of Sony Online Entertainment. Not SONY.

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Re: likely being unfair

> Indeed. Sony were the company who thought it was fine to install backdoors on your PC that were easy to find and exploit.

Yeah, but Sony Online Entertainment (ie, John Smedley) didn't do that because they were busy running EverCrack. In fact, I believe they were bought long after the rootkit thing happened, meaning that business unit literally cannot be blamed for such things.

Was this the kid who SWATted loads of people?

If so, I'd say he deserves everything he gets.

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Microsoft starts switching on paid Wi-Fi service with latest Windows 10 preview

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Re: Feaping Creaturitus

I installed Win10 on a touchscreen AIO once, it was deeply unstable with a development environment on it, I rolled back to Win8.1.

I also installed it on a tablet a couple of months back and it was unusable.

You have mistaken being unwilling to see ignorant tripe written by idiots and (probably) paid agitators (because let's face it, you don't see this level of outright hate anywhere the genuinely technically savvy tend to gather on the Internet) for being a fanboi. I'm just as defensive of my linux systems where required.

You won't have noticed that because of the howling mass of penguinistas we have here.

I personally dislike Apple products but we have five of them in our house since my other half is deeply indoctrinated in the Cult of Jobs and this does not concern me at all.

And if you can't see the difference between an application you can choose to install and a kernel feature, then either somebody is paying you to be obtuse or you are functionally illiterate regarding computers and probably dictated your comments to your long-suffering minder. I expect the minder views it as welcome relief from wiping your arse for you, but the end result of that and what we see on screen from you are mostly indistinguishable.

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Re: Feaping Creaturitus

Wrongly pointing out shitness in a thing that's not what you like is the absolute epitome of fanboiness.

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Re: Feaping Creaturitus

That'll probably be why it's not in the kernel.

It's a Windows Store App that you install or don't.

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BT issues formal whinge to Ofcom over Sky dominance in pay telly

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Subtitle

Outstanding. Well done.

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Microsoft rains cash on OpenBSD Foundation, becomes top 2015 donor

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Re: Microsoft...

have we been invaded by cultofmac.com?

Seriously, are people honestly arguing that Apple are a threat to Microsoft? Specifically that OSX is a threat to Microsoft?

You need to be a totally insane rabid fanboi to believe that kind of tripe.

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Re: Microsoft...

The form of Apple, and in particular OSX has been around for a long time now without threatening Microsoft in the slightest.

Just because journalists like shiny Macbook Airs doesn't mean everyone - or anyone - else does. Especially without the journalist discount.

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Want to be an unpaid SLAVE for Tim Cook? How to get the iOS 9, El Capitan public betas

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Can we now expect article after article telling us how much the unfinished preview software from Apple sucks, or is that just a Microsoft thing?

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The END of WINDOWS EVERYWHERE! Is that really what Nadella wants?

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Re: where's the new hardware

> so Windows 10 goes gold in two weeks. but where's the shiny new hardware to ride that marketing wave?

Win10 Mobile isn't due before September/October, apparently.

And there's been a Lumia 940/940XL in the rumour mill for quite some time. If the aforementioned rumour mill is correct and it supports handwriting natively, I might even get one.

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Microsoft SLASHES 7,800 bods, BURNS $7.6bn off books in Nokia adjustment

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Re: Fuck

Keep going, "Bob". If you can FUD everyone away from WP then there'll be more targets for all that Android malware you write!

Trolls aside, I don't see a problem with this. Bloomberg says MS will reduce the new handset count to six models per year which is a) 2 more than last year and b) less confusing than Nokia's "hurl endless confusing version numbers at the wall in the hopes that one of them is popular".

Which sort of worked with the 520, to be fair, but a low-end 640 with XL variant (which already exists), a mid-range 840 with XL variant and a flagship 940 with XL variant (already much rumoured) would make a great deal more sense.

And if MS really want the business market, they could go Dual-SIM on all models.

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