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3199 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Nokia tears wrapper off Lumia 1020 monster imaging mobe

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Re: No memory card, fixed battery

Seriously? You take more than 32GB of photos without uploading?

Nobody else in the world does

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Asperger's and IT

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@Trevor

A commentard further up suggested that Asperger's is seen as a good thing here, not me.

I haven't diagnosed anyone, nor am I likely to.

More to the point, where - exactly - do you get off reading content into my posts that I didn't put there?

Fashionable diagnoses are a real issue. I'm married to a doctor, her mates are round here all the time. I get to hear about it. Presumably you're upset because it's a condition you like or identify with? Have I done the equivalent of slag off a Sony product in front of Barry Shitpeas?

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Re: Little Johnny's name

@Trevor

Harsh. "Fashionable" and "trendy" are accurate descriptions for a diagnosis that approaches the mode.

Ten years ago, the fashionable diagnosis was ADD. Twenty years ago it was dyslexia.

While it's a good thing that genuine cases get diagnosed, self-diagnosis led by media-hype and anxious/desperate/"oh it's not his fault, he's got"-style parenting lead to false diagnoses which can actually be damaging towards genuine cases.

"Craniorectal inversion" might be something you think is a funny thing to accuse somebody with but a clear and unemotional (I do not have Asperger's or autism of any form and unlike some commenters, do not want them either) view i something that's unaffected by the increasingly monochrome world that I inhabit.

I suggest you may be suffering from pedal ingestion.

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Re: A touch of Asperger's ...

Lack of empathy can also be easily manipulated.

I find that outright misanthropy is the only surefire protective condition.

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Little Johnny's name

Have you considered that it may be "Johnny"?

I don't suffer from anything fashionable. Chronic degenerative monochromachia is too much of a gobful to be trendy.

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Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

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Re: Typical, misguided Microsoft

Microsoft licensing was designed by the dark forces underpinning all evil in the universe.

No arguments here.

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Re: Typical, misguided Microsoft

Agreed, however in this case the goal is not to provide MS Azure. It's to provide a comparable level of service to their SBS installs.

Now obviously, there's some effort involved in it and you have to offer some incentive - service level is usually the obvious one. But just from the point of view of practicality, if you're supporting those SBS installs anyway, why not keep the boxes somewhere where your client can't fuck with them?

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Re: Typical, misguided Microsoft

I realize this may not be feasible, but you could always just follow the bear.

Assume that you run support and management for say, ten companies running SBS.

Those companies are going to hav issues when the product end of lifes.

Fuullblown Server2012+Exchange+SQlServer is too expensive for them justify - each.

BUT.

What if YOU set it up? What if your company basically made a "cloud" and sold the service to those SMEs, complete with known access to data, detailed backup and D/R strategy? And they paid you a sub to use YOUR servers instea of Microsoft's?

*shrug*

As i say, there are many possible reasons why it might make no sense. But then again, it might.

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Re: "no particular reason why it couldn't work on MySQL"

Transact-SQL has an awful lot of quirks.

Some of them are incredibly useful quirks, such as the Hierarchical column data type. Man, that thing makes recursive queries fly by!

Regardless, I don't think SQL Server is by default a part of SBS 2011 (except under the hood) so this isn't all that relevant.

You could replace the non-visible bits with PostgreSQL which does most thing that SQL Server can, albeit in a far less friendly way.

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

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Re: Truly great news.

No. Adapt or deserve to die.

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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Re: I agree wholeheartedly

Look at Ubisoft, look at EA, look how amazingly their DRM turned out.

Alternatively, look at Steam.

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Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site

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Re: But did you damage

The Range Rover sport isn't that great on headroom, especially in the rear seats. The actual seat are set very high. I bump my head more in my neighbour's Sport than I do in the missus's Honda Civic.

What you need is a Toyota HiLux. Best headroom of any 4x4 out there, in my experience.

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BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design

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Re: Missed Opportunity

Tried WIndows Phone, hated it (based on the fact you couldn't tether the device).

Settings -> Internet Connection Sharing. Done.

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Are driverless cars the death knell of the motor biz?

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My usage includes weekends at race circuits in remote areas, travel at odd hours and "on demand" for a disabled family member, trips to the amenities site with garden rubbish, collecting a neighbours kids and their huge numbers of friends from club nights (when dad has had a few drinks and they missed the one evening bus), oh and I work odd hours too.

So you're an edge case and the scenario does not apply to you.

Okay. So what?

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BlackBerry's Heins beams: We WILL make some cash, just you see

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Re: @jai

They could always open up BBM, I suppose.

They'd lose in terms of exclusive device sales but those seem to be down the shitter anyway. And they might win in terms of service provision.

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Acer Iconia W3: The first 8-inch Windows 8 Pro tablet

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Re: it's a shame

I agree about the prices. A decent RT tablet should be about 7.5 - 8" and cost £150.

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Re: it's a shame

I wish I knew why, but since developing a couple of Win8 Store Apps for work - demonstration stuff made under orders, basically - I find myself more and more tempted by the notion of a WinRT tablet.

It's a challenge, I suppose. Take the hobbled device, make it do everything I need.

I wouldn't buy this thing, though. The combination of Acer's crappy build quality and a last-gen x86 chip rings up a large "NO SALE" sign.

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Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing

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Re: If you like a lot of camera on your smartphone join our club

Hi Eadon.

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HTTP 2.0 interop tests slated for August

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Thanks for posting the 1/16th clued General Public response, AC.

It's always good for us to be aware of what those with just enough knowledge to be massive fucktards will say.

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Italy scores in SPAAACE: ESA 'naut Parmitano pops out for walk

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Presumably he has to fix his own Alfa all the time anyway.

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Microsoft preps UK Surface Pro 'pilot', tiptoes around Win 8 OEM rivals

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Re: two-and-a-half-hour queues

Not at $99, there hasn't. Not in the UK at any rate.

If there had been, we'd have snapped up a couple as test machines.

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Emergency alert system easily pwnable after epic ZOMBIE attack prank

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Re: Suprise!

Have you not noticed that AC always posts that exact text on any security story, regardless of the systems involved?

Either it's irony or some sort of negative astroturfing.

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Android sig vuln exploit SEEN IN THE WILD

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Re: Android, lol

That'll be the same NSA to which Apple is a signed-up data feeder?

s/Apple/Everyone/ sadly.

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OFFICIAL: Humans will only tolerate robots as helpful SLAVES

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My 15-week old son might have opinions on that.

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Win 8 man Sinofsky's 'retirement' deal: $14m shares, oath of silence

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WTF?

@Pookietoo

Please explain how your question is relevant?

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@Intractable Potsherd

I have to be honest IP, old feller.

It's not about Windows 8 which I don't love and which doesn't magically make everything better. It makes a very few minor things better, true, but not enough to get worked up about.

What's got me riled up is the massed howling crusade against it when the reasoning is so fucking trivial.

If it made major workflow alterations, sure. Wail, scream and go on and on about how bad it is. But a launcher that you rarely if ever see? That's it? That's your "horror"? That's "the abomination that is TIFKAM"?

Once we get that petty about a tool for basic usage which is not a huge improvement but is actually an improvement in some regards, well.. somebody needs to step up and point out that acting like a screaming drag-queen over a missing sequin does not do this industry any favours at all.

Since nobody else has the balls to tell the emperor that he's Danny la Rue, I have to do it.

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Re: I'll believe in a conspiracy...

@MysteryGuy

Seriously, why are you acting as if there is no desktop? Because there is. All this "I hate TIFKAM" bullshit is just a distraction, regardless of what twisted reasoning you give it, because the desktop is still there and it has been improved.

I see the tiles once per day on boot. Then, because my desktop tile is first in the stack I press the RETURN key and all I get is Desktop.

Tell me, what do you do in your 30 years of IT? Project Management? Cleaning the monitors? Because this is not rocket science. Such visceral hatred for one extra tap on a key is just fucked up.

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@Tom35

I take you're an amateur, then?

Because, you know, Event Viewer. It exists for a reason....

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Re: I'll believe in a conspiracy...

You've worked in IT for over 30 years and you can't figure out how to click the Desktop tile or press the Windows key?

/facepalm

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@sabroni

What's depressing is that ALL of this Windows8 hate comes from the industry.

End users look at you as if you're mad when you talk about a learning curve between 7 and 8. As far as they universally seem to be concerned, 8 is easier. Press the big buttons. It's computing for the McDonalds employee level and they like it that way.

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Re: I'll believe in a conspiracy...

You do when it turns out that the 'hammer' you thought you were buying turns out to be an orange on a stick.

You don't. Builders don't tend to talk like that.

In any case, nobody with an iota of professionalism could describe Windows 8 that way. It literally does every single thing that Windows 7 does, plus a whole lot more, plus it runs faster, uses less resources and offers improved tools and a lot more information about those tools.

Seriously. If you pick Windows 7 over Windows 8 and you're an admin, you suck at your job and you should be fired. Only an idiot would refuse a better tool simply because it comes with a different colour scheme.

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Re: I'll believe in a conspiracy...

Aw, do the delicate wickle flowers not like the truth? Do they want to believe they are oh-so-special?

You're not. Grow up.

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Re: I'll believe in a conspiracy...

I don't love it but it's just a launcher. The start menu was also just a launcher. If either bothered me, I'd change them. It's pretty bloody easy to do so and very well-documented.

If the aesthetic properties of a tool you work with are enough to shit on your opinion of its utility, you're a bad workman.

You rarely if ever hear the phrase "ew, the new orange on this hammer is so yucky, what a horror. I'm going back to bashing nails in with my head", do you?

Too many fucking divas in this industry. Newsflash, people. We are not artists. We are not visionaries. We are not genius savants. We are mechanics. I have been offered a new hammer. It may be ugly but it hammers straighter and it damps recoil better than the old hammer. It also hits just as hard while being considerably lighter to carry around. Does its ugliness concern me?

No. I have no business being concerned and no right to be concerned. I am not Gok Wan, I am a fucking mechanic.

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Re: I'll believe in a conspiracy...

"TIFKAM horror?"

Do you read back what you've written?

Your problem appears to be that a configurable launcher is different from an old configurable launcher.

The horror... the horror...

"Get over yourself" icon required.

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Tickle my balls, stroke my button and blow the fluff from my crack

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I got new (brand new in pack) Intellimouse Explorer off Ebay last month.

I'm a lefty who mouses right-handed so weird right-hand shapes don't concern me. The reason for ImE is simply that it's the only mouse I've ever used that's (almost) big enough.

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Zynga lures Microsoft's gaming chief with bulging package

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In other news, apparently Mary Jo Foley is touting a rumour that J Allard is taking back his "Head of XBox" job.

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What's the most secure desktop operating system?

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Re: The one built by a competent admin

Or Hyper-V server 2012 - which has an even smaller attack surface..

True but as it's quite hard to use Hyper-V server as a desktop OS, it's out of score (per original question).

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Windows 8 apps pass 100K, Windows 8 passes Vista

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Re: ChromeOS

Oh dear.

Looks like ChromeOS is not getting widespread support and has therefore failed and is useless and should be junked.

No? But those are the arguments which are used for Windows Phone, aren't they?

I wonder if the downvotes all came from ChromeOS users. If so, either Larry or Sergey has more than one Reg account, it seems.

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Re: Hate Win8? Get Classic Shell.

Well, one downside of running an XP box is that you can only run an XP box. Hyper-V will jut as happily run any OS you care to load it up with.

It's brilliant with a Technet subscription because you can test anything and everything is available.

For now. Some fuckbag in accounts at MS has killed that plan, sadly. But at least they're offering the freebie trials.

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ChromeOS

We hear how everyone is buying Chromebooks and ditching Windows all the time on the Reg, mainly from commentards.

How much of a percentage of "other" is ChromeOS? 0.1%? 0.2% maybe?

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Re: Hate Win8? Get Classic Shell.

Except that it does.

Trust me, built-in Hyper-V beats "XP Mode" every time.

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Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

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Re: Why the negativity?

I see Tim Cook is in.

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Re: Why the negativity?

Currently Apple aren't registered for tax anywhere on the planet, so they don't pay any.

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Re: Why the negativity?

@Mad Mike

Surely it's cheaper to remain legally "homeless" for the purposes of tax than to build a damn great solar plant?

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Re: Why the negativity?

Error - assumes Apple intend to pay any tax at all. We're not seeing much supporting evidence for that assumption.

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Motorola teases with Moto X 'design your own' phone

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The thing about a civil war is, whoever wins it's the same side.

So the British won (and lost) the American War of Independence because they were fighting on both sides. They also won the war of 1812 but that was because the Americans lost.

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Fitbit Flex wristband: What to wear out when wearing yourself out

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Re: you're an idiot....

I'll give you #2 but #1 has been conclusively disproved. It's pure broscience. If it were true you'd see morbidly obese famine victims.

The body actually metabolizes sugars first, protein second, complex carbs third and fat last.

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Re: you're an idiot....

So for some folk [with certain hormone issues - eg thyroxine] they can eat dramatically less than you or I AND PUT ON WEIGHT...

Are you saying that a problematic thyroid gland can cause you to metabolize fat from air?

Because, y'know, the dear old (calories in - calories out) equation is at least consistent with things like thermodynamics and conservation of energy. Whereas, since fat is an energy store, you appear to be saying that we can magically make more energy than we intake simply by having a glandular disorder.

That seems unlikely to me.

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US State Department coughs up $630k for Facebook Likes

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She was slammed for failing to create a happy workplace by fuelling fears of cronyism, failing to engage with staff and leaving some meek souls too scared of dismissal to offer dissenting opinions.

Sounds like a perfect candidate for HP.

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Watch out Tesco Mobile: Vodafone, Sainsbury's want to eat your lunch

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Re: The Premium Economy of Supermarkets

Asda?

Where's Lidl then, in the baggage hold?

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