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

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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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Re: The one built by a competent admin

They do regardless of your choice of OS, sadly.

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It is.

It also absolutely follows the maxim that security is a trade-off against accessibility. AS/400 is a nasty bitch.

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Re: VMS?

Digital were sadly unforthcoming in supplying replacement manuals, even to the state owned electricity company of a (at the time) booming EU nation.

Without those, privileges were seriously annoying to achieve.

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Re: VMS?

Not especially. I once got hired to firefight a VAX where the admin had changed all the passwords and then had a nervous breakdown and run off to Laos.

It wasn't that much tougher than cracking NT. Irritating more than hard.

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The one built by a competent admin

Perhaps stupidly, the easiest OS to secure is probably Windows 8 because it has built in on-by-default AV and firewall.

That doesn't mean its the most secure. I could build you debian server than would give anyone pause - in fact, that's probably the most secure OS build that I personally could produce. However, just because it runs on debian or a fork thereof doesn't mean it's secure - Exhibit A being Eadon's blog.

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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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Meh

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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Re: Hold on a second...

Downvotes from gits aside, does this mean Tesco use O2's network?

If so, that would actually make them an option in rural areas.

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Hold on a second...

O2 own half of Tesco Mobile?

I thought Tesco were an MVNO piggybacking t-Mobile?

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Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

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Re: Cost and tools

It's a bit more than £100 for Objective-C because you need to buy a Mac.

And then learn how to pray to the OS to do anything, of course.

Java is free to download but you might want to update your antivirus.

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Because the write many/run many model is so awesome?

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Re: I don't see this as an advantage.

@jaywin

of CoffeeScript if your tastes run that way and you don't mind rewriting your existing javascript to work in it.

But given how much TypeScript is starting to look like EcmaScript v6, it's not a bad bet for the future.

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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

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s/two/n/

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HP confirms it's back in the smartphone business

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@JahBless

Presumably you have unimpeachable sources for this declaration?

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What's this? WP8 generates low support costs?

HP will definitely go Android then.

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Re: return of the ipaq?

I agree that Android is the most likely choice.

However -

The HP phone will definitely run Android. Anything else would be suicidal. Windows phone marketshare is in freefall

No it isn't, Barry. You want it to be but it's growing like a fungus on the corpse of Blackberry. The latest Kantar results show a continual market share rise at Blackberry's expense.

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Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

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Re: How long ago?

If the survey was in 2010, presumably this has been rumbling for a while.

Then again, how many of the general public would have known what DropBox was in 2010?

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Facebook restricts ads running next to dodgy posts

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Re: So wait

Facebook - soon to be home of the Phallus-Avatar.

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Microsoft's MoodScope app predicts smartphones users' feelings

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Re: not going to work

The iOS default setting?

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Win 8 user? Thought that was a CAPTCHA? R is for ruh roh

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Re: So, just to make this clear...

You're right, there are vanishingly small chances of any of these not working. Vanishingly small. Multiply those probabilities to get the odds of them all not working at the same time. ooooooooooh, scary. Not.

And you qualified on the second condition by your petty choice of abusive monikers.

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So, just to make this clear...

IF you've got SmartScreen turned off AND IF you've changed UAC to allow anything to do anything AND IF you don't have any AV, including Windows Defender THEN a) this might allow somebody to execute some code on your machine and b) you're a massive retard.

Is that about right?

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Re: Apropos of nothing..

The place I lived was so small - 11 houses, a pub and a church that opened once every month - that we had numbers from the village three miles away, which was a whole 5 times bigger!

(No Monty Python Yorkshiremen sketch here - this is actually true)

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Apropos of nothing..

386 was my phone number as a kid back in the early 70's. And the phone was the same colour scheme as that one, albeit I remember it as much less long.

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UK treasury minister sticks up for HMRC in Google tax row

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Re: Customer Relationship Managers?

Isn't that the scheme where they agree that Vodafone doesn't have to pay any tax in exchange for three big dinners and a Thai ladyboy prostitute?

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Windows 8.1: 'It's good for enterprises, too,' says Redmond

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Re: "Consultant" indeed.

I dunno. If fifteen years of UI design is meaningful, then why was there ever a Start Button in the first place? Surely the Program Manager interface was perfection?

Or previously, the DOS prompt?

And again, you're doing that thing where you forget that the desktop is still there and is actually better than the Win7 desktop in many ways and worse in er.... none.

Older is not necessarily good and new is not necessarily better. In my experience Windows 8 needs a fortnight of your time. You spend a week swearing, a week shrugging and then a currently undefined amount of time vowing to never go back.

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Fed cheerfully by you, no doubt.

And you ran it in a VM for roughly 4 minutes for "evaluation" before you made your superinformed decision, right?

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Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

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Re: Speak your brains

You know, I'm pretty certain it would be easy to write a Twat-O-Tron™ for Reg readers' comments on anything related to Windows 8 or indeed Microsoft in general.

Throw the phrases "Fisher Price" and "Start menu" into the mix and you're golden.

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