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Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

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Re: Media player

What about Media Player? It hasn't changed, except it's not Aero-fied anymore.

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Re: 15% speed increase where?

That said if your primary screen is the right one hitting the start area is too vague.

You've done something in Settings, then. I'm using three monitors, all corners of all monitors are "hot".

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Re: Windows RT for me

You have absolutely no idea what you're talking and plainly don't use the damn' product. And don't call me a shill, you ignorant prick. My opinions are free.

Lose screen space - not in Desktop, which is what you'll be using because you hate Metro.

Play catch with Start - press the fucking Windows key. Unless you're "point&drool or die" in which case you're not worth answering.

One extra click or keystroke - (windows key when Metro is open goes to desktop) for a massive increase in boot performance. Oh, poor wickle you.

I am currently running Firefox on Win8. Chrome didn't want to install but that's Google's problem.

System tools? Which ones? Control panel is WinKey+CONTR or less characters. All the other tools are there too. You mis-click with those huge ugly rectangles that you hate so much? How? Is your motor control as poor as your knowledge of the thing you're criticizing? It must be.

So you're not interested for a whole bunch of made up, bullshit reasons. Go you. Go enjoy OSX or whatever. Just cut it out with your "facts" that aren't and do NOT accuse me of being a shill.

Asshole.

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Re: Windows RT for me

Cons list?

"The start button is gone and pressing the Windows key now opens a Metro launcher".

Woohoo, that cons list is brutal.

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Re: a whole hour?

And 8 minutes is more than enough for the legions of Microsoft astroturfers and shills.

Negative comments outweigh positive comments about Windows 8 on the Reg boards by about 10 to 1. Downvotes for positive comments are rarely less than 10 greater than upvotes.

So tell me, Barry, who's Legion and who exactly is attempting to sway public opinion? I suggest that regardless of your protestations on behalf of your obvious employers, somebody wants Windows 8 to fail. Whether they pay you to say that it already has in EVERY SINGLE WIN8 ARTICLE are not, I leave to the reader.

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Re: MS lacks clever

MS is addicted to drama and nonsense

right now Windows is a burning platform.

That level of hypocrisy means you forgot the "Joke" icon.

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Re: a whole hour?

I used the Consumer Preview (and just upgraded pretty painlessly to to the release version) on a development machine with three monitors. I'm actually typing on it now, on Firefox, on the "new" desktop.

It's very simple. It's very easy. Unless you're a Sheldon Cooper "Change is always bad" type, there's nothing to worry about. There was a curve - not a learning curve, more a familiarity curve. "Learning" would be a huge exaggeration for what's basically just a launcher. As the article says, hit the Windows key and all becomes clear.

I don't feel that "I don't like how it looks" is an acceptable argument over actually using it. We're supposed to be technicians here, not four year old girls.

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Re: a whole hour?

Don't feel bad, 8 minutes is plenty of time for the usual trolls.

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High tech toilets receive big prizes from Bill Gates

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Re: The just took over a once fine mobile company in Finland to distribute their excrement

Here's Bill, trying to save the world. Not good enough for you, is it Bob?

Twat.

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Privacy snafu as TOPLESS Mark Zuckerberg picture leaks online

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Re: I'd like to see

Rather better. He competed in the Moscow Olympics.

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Re: I'd like to see

Putin is an extremely high-ranked Judoka.

Zuckerberg would be toast.

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Microsoft: It was never 'Metro,' it was always 'Modern UI'

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

It's not Windows getting a hard time that concerns me, it's Everything. Even Yammer and Skype caught it after MS bought them.

And the 45 users thing is a joke but not without some merit. Mention an update to Windows Phone and watch the "all seven users will be pleased" comments roll in. It's okay to use a minority OS as long it's not a minority OS that you don't use, or something like that I suppose.

Call it frustration. You know as well as I do that 90% of the world is using Windows and the odds are on that 90% of the Reg's readers are using it, too.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

It seems that almost NO-ONE love microsoft - some find them useful, some are forced to use their software, some game, some know no better. But hardly anyone likes them.

I agree and yet, this does not make their products universally bad. Which, if these boards and this site were all you went by, you would be forgiven for thinking. In fact, you'd be unlikely to think otherwise.

This view is very popular but it is wrong. Not every Microsoft product is bad and many of those who criticize do so without experience of the products in question. The articles tend to be mean-spirited but this is the Reg so you pretty much expect that. The comments, however, go way beyond and into the realms of outright falsehood in what could be perceived as a deliberate attempt to discredit.

That it's (claimed to be) voluntary rather than paid negative astroturfing makes it worse because it indicates that these commenters put blind hatred and/or favouritism toward a different product/manufacturer above rationality. It is irrational. It is not sane behaviour.

The idea that any one of these people gets to make business decision which affect jobs, families and livelihoods when they are irrational is deeply worrying.

Fortunately, they're mostly first-support who read from a fucking script and pretend to abilities which they plainly do not have; the root of skilful manipulation of technology being sound analysis and their analytic skills being negated by their evident irrationality.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

I know, 45 is a huge exaggeration.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

The DIFFERENCE would be that no-one is paying them

Oddly, that makes it worse.

Compare against AnandTec or TechRadar or even Engadget or the Verge and the Reg comments suddenly looks like a collection of fake user accounts created by all 45 users of linux on the desktop and probably funded by Google.

Observe reactions to stories about -

Apple :- About 60/40 anti-Apple vs pro-Apple. This is normal, fanbois are obsessed.

IBM - Little but love except when somebody mentions a Lotus product or any of the Rational suite.

Facebook - universal derision

Google+ - disinterest except for the few regulars who insist on how much better it is than Facebook

Google advertising/Wifi slurping etc - Overall negative to count by individual accounts but massively unbalanced by pro-Google types. Barry is a fine example.

Android - By individual account, about 80% overwhelming love. You do get a few tenacious Apple fanbois insisting it's a crap copy though. And one or two programmers (I include myself) who think it has glaring faults but generally wish it well.

Microsoft (any product) - about 90% hate, regardless of any possible qualities (positive or negative) of the product. The only exception is XBox and even there, Barry Shitpeas and Bob Vistakin (usually posting anonymously) will jump up and say it's crap because it's Microsoft. At any hour of the day or night.

Now, you say those people aren't being paid. That would indicate that the Reg comment boards have become a self-selecting group where a qualification for entry is hating on Microsoft. Which given the law that competition is good for consumers is financial self-harming. Even leaving aside reviews by people like Trevor Pott which are generally favourable but are ALWAYS torn to pieces in the comments, and always by people who haven't even used the damn software, it's just weird.

You can play the "I'm an embittered old sysadmin and I hate everything" card if you like (except you're not, you're first line support and you read from a fucking script) but even then, to attack without knowledge is the sign of an idiot.

Not surprisingly, the Reg itself now almost never posts a story which MS in any favourable light because they tend to reflect the views of their readership, like any other publication. Which means you are making the Register less accurate as a source of decent news.

If the Reg was all I read, then MS would be heading for bankruptcy at the end of the year because everyone and his cat hates Windows 8 without ever using it and Asus don't like Surface and Nokia are already in receivership and Google rule the entire world except for the US legal system which Apple has locked down.

No doubt that's how some of you wish the world actually was. But then, Daily Mail readers wish the Nazis had won.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

I see a lot more anti-Microsoft shills hitting their voting buttons than the converse.

Including you, Barry.

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Thrillpower! Tharg releases 2000AD iDevice app

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Re: 2000AD

No.

In 1999ad, they had a reader vote about what to call the title in the following years.

The overwhelming majority voted to keep it as 2000ad. So they did.

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French minister: 3 strikes anti-piracy rule a 'waste of money'

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Vive la France!

Yes, but this is the French we're talking about.

Tell them they MUST do something and it's illegal for them to refuse and watch them sit back and smoke Gitanes while cheerfully ignoring you forever.

The only exception has ever been their politicians, who agree to all sorts of bullshit that the population totally ignores. If only we in the UK did likewise this country would be a much happier place.

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Microsoft Surface slate: Acer, resellers predict a riot

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Re: $90

I think rather a lot more want NO OS devices so they can chose !

Maybe they're selling on Earth and not Planet Nerd.

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Re: @RICHTO - You REALLY dont know what you're talking about

Maybe if the two major linux distros had secure boot and antivirus baked in they wouldn't have had such a poor record over the last two years.

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Samsung outs mobile Flash that cuts a dash

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iPhone5

Short of contract restrictions, Samsung would be crazy to go giving Apple competitive advantages.

Next thing you know, they'd be sued for using the memory they invented in their own phones.

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Lenovo iPad-smiting Windows 8 slate slips out

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Re: Ok, so a stylus for your tablet/content creation device.

Interesting how, having had the advantages of the stylus pointed out to you, you still try to mock the idea.

And this is Lenovo, not Microsoft.

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The Dragon 32 is 30

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Re: Happy days

Wasnt that keen on the machine since my parents had stupid amounts of money to waste on me

Fixed that one for you.

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Re: The BBC has "C64 is 30" and...

looser than what?

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Romney promises to announce VP choice via mobile app

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Nobody

Nobody will be Mitt Romney's VP because that would imply that he had a snowball's chance in hell of actually getting elected.

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OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD review

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Re: price

Since Samsung no longer make HDDs, I doubt if they'll be concerned.

Sold out to Seagate, as I recall.

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Girls tricked by STEAMY message: Webcam spyware student jailed

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Re: What OS did he use?

Dirty Mac OSX, to judge from the article.

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Win a monster laptop

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Are you planning to disallow entries from people who always complain about 900 vertical pixels being crap?

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Devs can't be bothered with Nokia's Windows Phone – report

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Re: I'd still like to see somebody explain

No, the biggest power drain is actually the cell radio. There's a reason why talktime differs from standby time. The screen rates pretty highly on power draw though, with the chip being way down the list UNLESS your OS performs badly.

And to Richard Plinston, I agree that Skype is not useful on WP7. However, I consider VOIP to be an edge case, given that voice calls can be made and received without it. It would be nice if it ran properly and I hope that it will with 7.8 or 8 but it's not a dealbreaker at the consumer level.

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Re: I'd still like to see somebody explain

I said "shit-slow". And having gone over Dalvik's garbage collector twice when trying to get decent performance out of a mobile app, I stand by that. It's terrible. As for genuine multitasking over tombstoning?

To be frank, except for operations like playing music or receive data as a stream, I don't see the point on a mobile device. Say you fire up your El Reg app, follow a link, switch to the browser, play a sound file in the browser. Is there really any point in the El Reg app being anything other than tombstoned?

I'll agree with your theory about energy saving when you get three days without a recharge from a Galaxy S3. Given that we got that time from a Lumia 800 on battery life tests, it seems only fair.

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Re: I bought. It's nice. I prefer it to iOS, which I also have.

I'd still like to see somebody explain the need for a multicore processor on a phone. Assuming that you don't need one to compensate for a shit-slow OS, of course.

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Re: I bought. It's nice. I prefer it to iOS, which I also have.

No, there's no iPlayer. That used to really annoy me until I remembered I can just watch it on the TV with the XBox anyway and have no real interest in squinting at a phone for entertainment.

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Re: Here's a concrete example of Microsoft's problem

Hey JIm, somebody here doesn't like it when you try to help.

Hatters gonna hat.

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Re: Who would buy ?

All I know, is that I can't get any apps for it

Why can't you get any of the excess of 100,000 apps available for it?

I suppose some people might be missing Instagram but the corporate business requirement for shit sepia-toned photos is not exactly proven.

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Apple's new Safari snubs older Macs, drops Windows version

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Windows version dropped

Good thing you mentioned that or it'd be YEARS before anyone noticed.

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Apple CEO: Frothing fanboi iPhone 5 hype screwed our sales

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Cupertino Head Cook lashes out at rumour mill

talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

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Google asks YouTube commenters to stand up and be counted

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That's the default for Youtube comments and the BBC's Have Your Say.

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Nokia woos networks with 'exclusive Windows 8 mobe deals'

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Re: The real story is

so, no answers except "less apps". But three downvotes anyway.

Interesting. I'm actually quite surprised it was only three downvotes - the hatesquad must be on holiday.

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Re: The real story is

How are Android phones "better"? Exactly?

Bullet points please and note that "quad-core chips" is not better, it's just throwing hardware at a problem. Performance criteria only, please.

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Hmm.

Report rumour as fact? Check. Sideswipe Nokia for no apparent reason? Check.

Must be a Gavin Clarke article.

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Why DOES Google lobby so much?

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you're clearly not a photographer, then.

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Austrians drool over 15th-century jub buckets

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Re: ... underpants "were considered a symbol of male dominance and power"

I have read elsewhere that underpants were almost unknown until the 18th century.

Untrue. As any re-enactor will tell you, underpants (braies) were de rigeur ever since the Norman invasion, and possibly earlier.

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Re: People are Nutz

Bootnotes.

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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Re: I can't really comment.....

I loved it. Steven Mackintosh's portrait of a man falling apart at the seams in Season 1 is absolutely extraordinary and totally convincing.

Still, de gustibus non est disputandum so we can't really argue about that. I will say that the BBC's decision to only fund 3 episodes of Season 2 hurt it badly and I hope they don't do anything that foolish again.

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Re: I can't really comment.....

You've been missing out.

LUTHER for example, trumps everything on AO's list of water-cooler TV shows.

Watch it. You won't be sorry.

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Google Nexus 7 shipping cock-up enrages fandroids

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Jelly Bean

Damn you Google. The name keeps earworming me with "Billy Jean".

Oooh!

/moonwalk

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London's Lambeth council vows: We'll share ALL the data we have

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Re: good

Still wish they'd switch all their comps to linux though.

And then retrain everyone, install alternative software (much of which will NOT be free, especially on support contracts, even the OS isn't free if you go RHEL for example) probably spending hundreds of millions in the process....

If they'd gone linux right at the start (when, to be fair, it was pretty much unusable to the average Joe) linux would be cheaper. Right now? Now, you'd have to be some kind of religious whacko to ignore all the costs involved.

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Religious wars brewing in ICANN gTLD expansion

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@Oliver

Avoid your rabbi, priest and imam for a while. And think yourself luckyt it wasn't a dead ox or you'd have upset the Hindus as well.

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All-in-one PCs: bright star of the desktop biz, says analyst

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Re: Why ?

But by the time you've added all that, you lose the mobility and the price exceeds that of a desktop.

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