* Posts by dogged

4992 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

France mulls tighter noose around crypto

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Re: WW1 & WW2 all over again.

> cheese eating surrender monkeys.

Anyone who believes this for even a microsecond knows absolutely NOTHING about the French.

Here's the true story - some of them are basically fascists and will always support government strongarming, even if it's a Vichy government. Some of them will always, always fight that shit to the bitter end. The rest keep their heads down and craftily support the second bunch as hard as they can without getting themselves arrested or shot.

The French have form for this from way, way back. They'll fight. I guarantee it.

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Re: Colossal ignorance

> halfway-intelligent criminals and/or terrorists will simply use software the state does not control.

Halfway intelligent criminals and/or terrorists avoid software.

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Rounded corners on Android phones cost Samsung $548m: It will pay up to Apple after all

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> Although Job wasn't no1 in vileness. I'd rank the list at No3: Hitler, No2: Jobs, No1: Pol Pot.

Whoah, hold on. Based on the Biblical "by their deeds" thing, you have two absolute monsters and one guy who was just an arsehole. Calm down, son.

Now, I'm not disputing that if Pol Pot had been the head of an electronics and computing firm instead of a bloody revolution, he too might have only been an arsesole but he wasn't so that pretty much kills the discussion.

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Microsoft drops dogma, open-sources Chakra JavaScript engine

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Re: Unfortunately ...

But you haven't used an MS product for years Jake. Therefore a) you're a bloody fool because your logic is the equivalent of refusing to buy anything Japanese because of Nanking and b) it's not like they miss you. Is that why you have to endlessly keep telling us about it?

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Windows Phone won't ever succeed, says IDC

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> But then MS doesn't care about these people very much it wants shiny fanboi money

I think they do want those people which is why they've churned out loads of cheap phones and one high-end phone in three years.

> No one is going to pay iPhone6 money for a 950.

Just as well it's significantly cheaper than an iPhone then.

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Re: Uh oh, El Reg...

> This article will make the fanboys over at Winbeta, WMPoweruser and Windows Central very, very sad.

On the other hand, it'll make the fanboys at the Register very happy. See above.

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> Always was wondering why they did not ditch ARM altogether and went Intel all the way

Battery life, I expect.

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Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

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Re: @Charlie Clark

"He was probably one of the worst CEOs of the century so far"

Leo Apotheker, anyone?

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Re: Nuance

> Windows Phone's tiny market share is the major reason for its security record.

It may be. File under "not fully tested".

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Re: I guess it's no different than the $40B

Actually, Sharepoint devs are very well-paid. I've been offered £600-900 per day and I don't really know much about SP's full capabilities (beyond writing web-parts as MVC web apps, which is kind of nifty).

It would have required moving to London though.

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Re: Hang on, is Ballmer starting to have a vision ?

> Microsoft made hand-over-fist during Ballmer's tenure. As a sales guy he really understood revenue and how to maximise it.

Oh, the howling down you would have got if you'd said that three years ago.

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Mega Microsoft dev tools update includes Clang codegen for Windows

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Re: Bloat?

One question - who upvoted the fascist?

Words of support for an openly "send 'em all back where they came from (regardless of how many generations they've lived here" group of meatheads does not make you look good, Anonymous Coward.

Not good at all.

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Re: Bloat?

> Foreigner with a chip on your shoulder by any chance?

Everyone's a foreigner somewhere. I am an Englishman working in England. Go back to your Britain First memes.

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Re: Bloat?

> I counted Microsoft vs *nix devices St home. *nix beat Microsoft by over 20:1. I suspect other people have similar stats.

What a fascinating anecdote! And obviously, everyone else in the world is exactly like you.

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Bloat?

I'd only call it bloat if some of the features which add size are deprecated or not useful.

Granted, I personally have no interest in code highlighting for Swift but presumably somebody does.

Out of interest, does the Register have a picture of Nadella where he doesn't look like he's struggling with a potentially fatal bout of constipation? At least you didn't call him "SatNad" this time, a practice which I note that executives with Anglo names are somehow spared.

It's pretty poor and likely to appeal to the same kind of casual racist who thinks "M Knight Shyamalamadingdong" is hilarious. Maybe you could call John Chen "John Chingchongchinaman" as well. Oh, how we laughed in the BNP canteen.

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

dogged

I've only ever had one Windows laptop fail. It was a Samsung with a touchscreen, which developed a dead line on the screen.

Not a crushing, world-ending failure but irritating enough to make me buy a Thinkpad after a while.

Which, incidentally, is the 2013 X1 Carbon and it's going fine.

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Microsoft's full-fat E5 Office 365 plan with phone extras goes live

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Meh

Re: Just rubbish

> Work has office 365 and it truly sucks. Being a turbo nerd I never touch word processors (LaTeX baby!!) and I run Linux

riiiighht.

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> Hotmail/Live/Outlook/NameOfTheWeek leaks spam

Have you ever tried reporting spam to a Hotmail/Live/Outlook/NameOfTheWeek admin?

They are all over it like a bad rash, and vengeful too. I strongly suspect that there's a financial bonus for splatting a spammer, nothing else quite explains their enthusiasm for it.

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Re: Hosted email

Lamarr -You said "rape" twice.

Thug - I like rape.

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Windows 10 market share growth rate flattens again

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Re: word is getting out

> The 'Death of the PC' does not refer to usage, but to declining sales

that's not anything that should matter to Reg readers, is it? We're "IT Pros", not box-shifters.

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Re: coming soon...

> Adverts that can't be opted our from.

I haven't seen any adverts.

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dogged

Re: word is getting out

It's the fashion of smug pricks who comment on the Register. You can always tell them by their own particular reality distortion fields.

Those who claim Apple's market capitalization makes them somehow more relevant to the world than any other tech company.

Those who think Google can do no wrong.

Those who are convinced that the PC is dead despite overwhelming evidence (and they're usually posting from a fucking PC).

Those who use terms like "M$" or "Microsloth" or "Slurp" and talk about fading relevance in a world where phones haven't taken over, Windows still sells for actual money, people buy PCs every day and Microsoft make more money than you could ever even dream of.

I use debian at home, it's fine for me but it's not fine for everyone. I don't dislike Windows, I use it at work. It's okay. I have an Android phone. I love the phone but the OS is frankly insecure dogshit, more like Windows ME than anything one would regard as acceptable today.

Nobody is going to take your OS of choice away. Use it, enjoy it. But don't pretend you're personally "winning" anything. First, nobody gives a fuck about you. Second, the numbers are there for those who aren't blind and those numbers say you're at best wishful thinking and at worst pissing in the wind. So lay off the pointless propaganda. All it does is make linux loyalists (like me) embarrassed by you.

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Re: word is getting out

> Really not too sure why there is a so much hatred for Windows 10 in these forums.

Fashion. There literally is no other reason other than ignorance of policy editors and being too lazy to turn off the telemetry.

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Re: coming soon...

Like linux, you mean?

(And yes, that was trolling. I am a debian user for preference).

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Re: word is getting out

> Anything measurable? Or is that according to the release docs?

Performance is definitely up on 8.n, just as 8.n was a significant upgrade on 7. I don't have two identical machines to run metrics on but boot, application opening, application closing, you name it, it's quicker. It's also smaller on disk.

Functionality has minor improvements over 8.n (unless you're the type to vomit at the sight of tiles in which case they're vast improvements over 8.n) largely related to little usability tweaks like multiple file-copy dialogs with accurate timers, a Task Manager that actually kills tasks when told to without killing explorer.exe every damn time and better controllability from an administration point of view.

Like I said, nothing anyone here would care about.

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Re: word is getting out

> are there are any pros?

Only in terms of performance and functionality.

Nothing anyone here worries about.

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dogged

Re: Looking at the data.

Government websites are a popular target for phones as they're often applicable to services for poor people.

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Re: coming soon...

Except that it's doing rather better than OSX or linux, isn't it?

Amazing how you - specifically you - always manage to focus on the "poor" performance on Windows and somehow overlook that other OS's performance is orders of magnitude lower.

Nice pie chart though. Gave me a small "ChromeOS ruling the world? You'd think so from trolls on the Register" moment.

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Sketch dev pulls out of Mac App Store, cites slow reviews, tech limitations

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Argh!

Billy Joel? Seriously?

You bastards.

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Star Wars Battlefront: Is this the shooter you’re looking for?

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Re: Move along

Might fun to watch on Twitch if you can turn off the commentary.

I'm not interested in multiplayer-only games. I don't have enough time to get good at them and frankly, being bawled out by foul-mouthed 13 year old for not pwning sufficient face is not a pleasant use of my time.

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GCHQ v Privacy International: Computer hacking tribunal showdown begins

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Headmaster

Re: a title is optional

> "sewn"

Sown. No needles were involved.

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UK will pay EU £180m in fines due to botched CAP IT system – NAO

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Re: Fraud incentive?

@Len

I'm not saying fraud is impossible (it's clearly not) but it's pretty damn difficult unless you have enough land to lose a regiment in for a few weeks. Milk output is monitored and there's no subsidy anyway - the buyers pay the price they like. All animals are now tagged and have passports so you can't just invent a few. It might be possible to overstate how much land you've devoted to {subsidised_activity} but only if you have so much land that it would be a ball-ache for an inspector to check* and it would need to be scattered enough to prevent accurate aerial analysis.

I understand that there's a strong urge to blame farmers for subsidies and then turn the welfare screws and call them all fraudsters as well but having come from that background it's hard to see how they manage it.

*this is why inspectors tend to hassle small farms. If you can walk around it in a morning, you can take the rest of the day off.

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Re: The same old sh1t eh?

System specification is entirely down to the client.

They specify their requirements, we turn those requirements into a design. If they do not specify, there is no design.

You're not a developer, are you? Let me guess, project "management"?

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Your browser history, IP addresses, online purchases etc all up for grabs without a warrant

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Re: I shall refrain

At least it's not the Germans this time because the Stasi and and Gestapo leap pretty immediately to mind.

Or SAVAK, if you wanted to find something American-funded.

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Microsoft whips out PowerApps – now your Pointy Haired Boss can write software, too!

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Re: The normal deployment mechanism is via an email....

As in "can you build a Trojan in PowerApps?" Probably not.

I would tend to agree that sending emailed links is a bad practise and one we should discourage because it trains users to click on them but they already do and nothing seems to change it.

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Microsoft wants to be your phone company, at least for voice

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Re: Skype “a verb synonymous with...”

Except it's not Skype. Not really. I hate Skype with a passion you can barely comprehend but Lync (now renamed "Skype for Business") actually works and is good.

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Meh

Re: So Microsoft, who gets to see all that data then

> There is no way I would allow an uncontrolled party access to my voice calls and messages, which is what Microsoft does.

Those things the NSA and GCHQ already have trunk line access to?

Right.

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Microsoft takes PUPs behind the shed with gun in hand

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Re: So When is Oracle Removed

> This is a valid point

No it isn't, unless you want to start claiming that the Ask Toolbar is a desired application.

Personally, I'd appreciate a Java removal in the name of security too.

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Re: The fresh smell of astroturf...

> A cynic would suspect that the PR arm of a competitor has fired off a few emails to its stable of tamed bloggers...

Andrew Orlowski, Tim Anderson, Gavin Clarke and a bunch of dickheads on the comments?

The first three, maybe.

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Meh

Re: So When is Oracle Removed

"SLURP" are so unutterably evil that they fight the US government over the sovereignty of Irish law and develop PhotoDNA and give it (and its source) away free to the US's National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

What massive bastards they must be.

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Child abuse image hash list shared with major web firms

dogged

Re: I may be being stupid here but .....

@AC -

1. It is free for both law enforcement AND ISPs. Even "service providers" such as Facebook use it. For free. It used to require hardware on-site but that's now been changed to a RESTful Azure service to remove the need for hardware and admins.

Now somebody will claim MS are are collecting all the child porn because they like it, I suppose.

2. See above regarding the Azure service. It requires absolutely nothing to run it.

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Rooting and modding a Windows Phone is now child's play

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Re: Perhaps????

> Well there's the Wileyfox phones

And the OnePlus phones. Sales of those alone probably outnumbered the home-rooting crowd.

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Re: Perhaps????

> 3% have a particular custom firmware

Which, in the majority of cases, was factory-installed. I did specify "by their owners".

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Re: Warning: Actual Windows phone owner here

I quite like the idea.

In particular, I'm interested in it from the security point of view. While WP/M/Whatever is closed source, the baseband is available and so is the "BIOS" layer meaning it should be possible to interpose something that acts like the Blackphone firmware and treats the baseband as a hostile router.

This has obvious benefits in terms of security.

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Re: Perhaps????

Unlikely.

As a percentage of Android phones, how many have been been rooted and modded by their owners?

0.01%? 0.02%? It's not exactly a common hobby.

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

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Re: The Shape of things to come

> The only reason this became an "incident" is because they GOT CAUGHT.

Except that they didn't. They pulled the patch themselves when there were no reports of it doing anything weird and when asked why, told people why.

If they'd "GOT CAUGHT" then the usual Win10 Hate Brigade would have been trumpeting this for the last week. They weren't.

You're wrong.

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Microsoft rides to Dell's rescue, wrecks rogue root certificate

dogged

you can install Mint anyway should you wish to. Just hit DEL at startup and make sure that SecureBoot is switched off.

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Re: Wont't stop me hating on MSFT!

Chemist - it's becoming less and less believable as time goes by.

To start with, he was fairly low key and got upvoted a lot. Now, not so much.

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Nuisance call blocking firms fined £170,000 ... for making nuisance calls

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> Just install the Truecaller app.

No. I am not prepared to hand my address book to a third-party.

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Lights, power, action! Smartplugs with a twist

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> Make it talk powerline Ethernet too

Oh shit, now 34 pretend radio HAMs will come along and hate at you.

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