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Windows 8 unleashed! Midnight launch for world+dog

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Re: In before

@Eadon - http://xkcd.org/1118/

File under "shut up, moron".

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Ballmer has plans for more Microsoft own-brand hardware

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Re: Need a correction

To be fair, from a hardware point of view, it was an excellent device; compare a Zune HD to an iPod Touch on any measure at all (except "is it for sale in Dixons") and the Touch looks like a PoS with bad sound and a stupid interface and rightly so.

It was just way too late and not marketed at all.

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EC: Microsoft didn't honour browser-choice commitment

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Re: When will they get real

Microsucks

300 BILLION Euro

I see they're teaching IT in primary schools now.

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'Stop-gap' way to get Linux on Windows 8 machines to be issued

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Re: let me get this straight

Gavin, why don't you just write

ZOMG THE WORLD IS ENDING MICROSHAFT IS KILLING LINUX BECAUSE STEVE BALLMER IS A FAT DEMON WHO SWEATS AND THEY WILL EAT YOUR CAT BTW WINDOWS 8 SUCKS SWEATY BALLMER BALLS AND SO DOES EVERYHTHING ELSE THEY EVER MAKE EXCEPT WHERE IT'S BRILLIANTLY EVIL EHRMERGERD

You know you want to.

It's pretty much everything you've written for eighteen months.

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Vote NOW for the vilest Bond villain

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Trevelyan

Because Sean Bean's RP is one of the most painful things I've ever heard.

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Inside the mind of a Bond supervillain: Psychotic, autistic - or neither?

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Re: A better place to look for today's Bond villain?

Paul Dacre is pretty villainous, true.

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Ballmer's lightened pay packet is the least of his problems

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Re: Developer's perspective

I also find lack of database support a killer, unless you're dealing with an online data source and your application is suitable for push.

Whether MS have done this by design or not is anyone's guess.

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Will you soon be fingering your seven-incher?

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Re: Seriously, now

missread as "cloudy tearooms". Would that be the smoke-haze of the 70s?

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Mobe app makers doubt Windows 8 will be worth the hassle - poll

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Re: Hmmm...

You mean Eadon is unequivocally wrong?

Wow.

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Re: Hmmm...

I think that if someone is surprised that iOS-app makers are not interested in Windows 8, that someone is an idiot.,

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Microsoft plans midnight launch for Surface

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Re: There will be queue's

I'm especially baffled with the stories about how Win7 manages to be better suited for using regular desktop apps. in a touch screen environment than Win8.

Where are you finding these stories? Under Gavin Clarke's byline?

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Assange movie portrays leaker as teen rebel

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Re: Only in nightmares...

"praying"

Not what I'd call it.

The rest of your little rant... unsubstantiated. Basically the style of it makes you sound like a loony.

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Microsoft releases JavaScript alternative

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Re: "MS have [...] never been a Java house."

Good point. Nevertheless, they support Javascript but no Java so the point stands.

And frankly, having used both Java and C#, I'd rather write COBOL than go back to Java.

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@Ken Hagan

MS have supported JavaScript for a long time now. They've never been a Java house. I don't know whether the reasons behind that are ideological (Hejlsberg is know to admire the concept of Java but hate the language implementation), commercial (why choose MS Java over IBM or Oracle?) or plain ol' NIH but that's the way it's been for a long time.

I do disagree with you about inventing wheels. They haven't. They've built a wheel-making tool, which is a different proposition. This isn't a new browser language - it's merely a more straightforward way of producing JavaScript.

What's nice about it - the USP if you will - is that it takes your existing JavaScript without alteration so it's actually rather more standards-compliant that CoffeeScript.

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Re: What...

How long have you worked in software development?

Seventeen years. Shit, where did the time go?

And yes, as commented above, I know exactly how bad things used to be. And how bad they're not any more. It's useful to be able to retain a sense of distance and not take things personally. For example, all American TV used to be shit. Now I'm pressed to find enough time to watch Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and Sons of Anarchy and there are several others I hope to try when I get some time off.

If we all went around thinking "All Microsoft products are shit all the time and they are evil and I hate them because IE6 was fucking awful (which I'm not arguing, by the way) and Steve Ballmer once said a mean thing about linux" we'd be as stupid as Eadon or Bob Vistakin.

A good tool doesn't stop being a good tool just because it says "Microsoft" on it. An open source product doesn't become a closed source product because it was written in Redmond.

If MS try to close TypeScript, I will personally fork it and leave the latest open version on Github. But I doubt very much that they will. Playing the game the old way clearly doesn't produce as much revenue as playing it the new way.

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Re: What...

MS have made some major blunders in programming languages (although I'll grant you that their IDEs are always excellent). JScript, MFCs, ActiveX components, VBScript, others. Personally, I think VB should have been strangled at birth but opinions vary on that one.

Incompatabilities and weird behaviours have been fairly rife over the years.

However, since roughly 2008, this seems to be deprecated behaviour. Since then, they've been solidly aiming for cross-compatibility and standards compliance. I suspect Hejlsberg has a lot to do with this.

It's a good trait and I hope it continues.

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Re: Successful as Silverwotsit

a little from Column A, a little from Column B.

I don't think that's changed but IE10Metro is not the only browser. Even on a WinRT tablet, there's still IE10 Desktop which can handle plugins (and does - flash, for example).

So yeah, I agree that Silverlight is only a short-term solution but it does work, for now.

I've been hoping that TypeScript is received well encourage MS to make another translation utility - one that rewrites WPF to HTML5 wouldsolve their Silverlight problem and make my life a bit easier at the same time.

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Re: What...

I'll settle for 50% or thereabouts. 50% is still unicorn territory for MS. Anything over 20% and they've obviously produced something spectacular.

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Re: What...

Fair enough - now, where's that unicorn?

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Re: any browser, host or operating system

No. That's why they made plugins for emacs and vi.

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Re: What...

Telegram for Mr.Kettle from Mrs.Pot.

Please explain? I tried TypeScript and took a good look at what it is and what it does last night (because a large part of the architecture I'm working on at the moment requires Javascript and it'd be nice if it were more managable).

Your comment indicates some hypocrisy has occurred, so please let me know where.

And if you can, please also point an article on the Register about a Microsoft technology that receives 75% or greater positive comments. And if you find one, take a picture of the unicorn it's stapled to.

Hell, MS even get hate for taking down botnets here. It's gone beyond petty and turned into some kind of belief system.

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Re: Standards

How is an environment which produces standard javascript an indication that MS are no longer repentant about buggering standards?

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Re: I actually think it looks useful

What sucks about CoffeeScript is that it's not Javascript. Oh, it compiles to Javascript but if you wanted to extend a small project into a large project from a base of existing js, that js isn't CoffeeScript and won't compile.

TypeScript is Javascript so you can paste your js into your TypeScript environment and work away. And what comes out will be "pure" standard Javascript. I know this because I tried it last night.

I haven't fooled around with Dart because... well, mostly because I haven't got round to it so I can't comment on that. However, the assembled commentards will happily pass judgement on things they have utterly no idea about for you, should you require it.

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Re: What...

on the Reg, it's more like "what could possibly go right?"

Reaction to TypeScript on the web - 95% positive.

Reaction to TypeScript on the Reg - 95% hate.

It's Microsoft, therefore it's foul and evil and wicked it makes us feel all k3wl and ub4r to hate on it?

Pathetic.

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Windows 8 early-bird users still love Windows 7 more - poll

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IT Angle

Re: the new light blue "blue screen"

Been using it since Dev Preview and I have literally never seen the new BSoD. Not once.

What kind of shonky hardware are you running?

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Metro only runs on one monitor. Your second (and subsequent) monitors are always in Desktop mode (which makes sense since if you have more than one monitor, you're very unlikely to be using a tablet).

At work, I have XP with a remote desktop to Server 2K8 R2 and a second Win7 box although I run Win8 on a desktop box with three monitors in my home office. Multi-windows capabilities in Win8 are far, far improved. Just the handling of the taskbar makes the upgrade worthwhile, in my experience.

I find myself continually going for the new enhancements and continually cursing how poor multi-monitor use is at work now. Clunky, requiring far too much mouse travel - I wouldn't go back.

Why people think it's all tiles and nothing but the tiles is a mystery to me. The best thing about Win8 is the improved desktop. Pile those windows as high as you like, Nigel.

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Re: Not surprised

I too have ExoPC which I've been developing Metro equivalents of desktop utilities for.

On occassion, I've resorted to a USB mouse (during first install, for example) but otherwise no real issues.

The result does not surprise me.

When you poll a group of people who have a problem with a piece of software - remember, those users are only on that forum to get help with something - you have to be pretty damn stupid to expect them to sing its praises.

Not than anyone else will mention that.

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Bloke jailed for being unable to use BlackBerry Messenger freed

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Re: Lucky

He's lucky they didn't put him on the sex offenders register too!

They did. He is anything but lucky. Poor bastard.

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Re: Hmm, should this have ever gone to court?

I'm sure one day he will be able to laugh about the time he accidentally sent a lewd and libidinous message to friends, family and teenage girls and then got sent to the segregated wing of the nick.

I doubt if he will laugh about now being on the Sex Offenders Register and unable to coach children ever again. Or, you know, get a job of any description.

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Navy devs cook up Android spyware to map your location - in 3D

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they're going to end up with some outstanding maps of people's trouser pockets.

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Google shovels more small-fry apps on Larry Page's pyre

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WTF?

Hold on just a second -

that quote from Google:-

If you’re paying for storage, your free storage will now be counted towards your total. So if you buy a 100GB plan, it will give you 100GB of total storage instead of adding to what you already had.

Isn't that a slightly politician way of saying "if you buy 100GB, you don't get any free storage. Also, fuck you"?

or am I reading it wrong?

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Sharp punches out über-retina phone screen

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Re: And in a private message from Samsung to Apple

Apple are already getting beaten on ppi by the Lumia 920.

That just means they'll keep marketing "Retina" and stop publicizing the actual figures.

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Capita UK offshoring plan killed by customer backlash - insiders

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IT Angle

You appear to have repeated mispelled "Crapita" throughout this article.

Potential advertisers?

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The Register iPhone and Android apps: Maintenance update

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Re: Was that you

No, I don't use Android.

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Re: In the meantime...

I also would like to go back to my V3 RAZR.

Only semi-joking. One day last week I found myself on a long bus journey so I watched a TV episode on my phone. Then I worked out the most efficient route using public transport to my final destination on my phone. Then I read a book on my phone which it played a selection of my music at me using some sort of playlist algorithm that kept an even mood throughout.

And this is a phone most of you wouldn't piss on if it was on fire, not your latest 90% itoy or 89% Samsung Googly Pro.

I'll be honest, I got slightly future-shocked. Or travel-sick, one or the other.

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'Replace crypto-couple Alice and Bob with Sita and Rama'

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@Michelle Knight

I don't see any reason to throw away a good story just because it's fiction.

It's a much better story than poor old Alice and Bob ever managed.

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Re: The real villain of the piece

Tell us how Microsoft do evil crypto, Tom. If you could include instances to demonstrate how it's objectively more evil than Oracle's, Google's, Apple's or IBM's, that would help your case.

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A lot of hostility here

But actually, I think it's rather nice. Finding an aspect of mythology (anyone's) that fits a modern discipline so well is pretty cool.

Not that I think anything will change but it would make the mental images a lot richer.

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Satellite broadband rollout for all in US: But Europe just doesn't get it

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Re: the sub headline?

Also because latency matters. Satellite internet tends to work in burst mode with very, very long periods of latency. Try playing Call of Duty or Counterstrike when everything freezes solid for two second in every five.

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Mosley thrash'n'tickle vid case against Google opens in Hamburg

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Re: Don't you just feel gutted for him

Actually, I kind of do.

The News of the World called him a Nazi and used his father against him - it's not as if he can help who his father was. To get away with this and make certain that they made money on the deal, they paid a prostitute to film his private party.

Then they made money off the film coverage existing, using still frames and general public prurience. I call that "living off immoral earnings". James Murdoch, if there was any justice, should get 5 years and forfeiture of property it along with an organized crime investigation.

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JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL

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Re: Tax

> Actually, can't they pay the VAT at Luxembourgish rate?

Not if they're selling in the UK, no.

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Re: Tax

Corporation tax-dodging does not help with VAT.

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Politico's locked room mystery Linux install crime solved

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Re: Riiiight

No, but I will whenever the opportunity presents itself!

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Re: On the other hand ..

If it's a server. And if he has anyone who knows how to use linux.

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Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

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Re: "The Trust will bleed it's businesses dry before the Guardian is allowed to expire,"

@AC - Since I did the same, I hope not. But boycotting Autotrader in the hopes that doing so will prevent somebody else from a reading a newspaper is a bit different from boycotting KitKats because the company that makes them also criminally exploits the poor in developing countries.

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Steve Jobs backs Amazon from beyond grave in Apple trademark row

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Re: Apple will lose this

Orbital bombardment of York weights due in Cupertino in 5... 4.... 3... 2....

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Re: Apple will lose this

c) You really, REALLY don't want to get into an arse-kicking contest with Jeff Bezos.

He's not a nice person and he has no limits when it comes to counterattacks.

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Windows 8 and you – So, what's next?

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Re: .NET debacle history lesson .NETFAIL

@Eadon - and it's a built-in part of Windows. Just like .NET.

The fact that neither gets continual press releases does not mean that either is "dead". And why do you care anyway? All you ever do is pour hate on everything Microsoft - including all flavours of Windows - and occasionally mention how awesome linux is, as if anyone here needed telling.

Therefore, it doesn't concern you.

And for the record, writing ATL in C++ under Windows is probably harder than pretty much anything you ever wrote in your bag-of-shit Java. If that's the extent of your "skilz" then your opinion is worthless.

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Euro watchdog to charge Microsoft on web browser choice boob

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Re: Even $7bn

No, but it'll buy a lot more iPads for EU commissioners.

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