* Posts by dogged

4532 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: "for the supported lifetime of the device"

> So now, Windows analyses what type of device it is installed on, and stops installing updates once it detects that the device is no longer supported - perhaps depending on the contract it had with the OEM?

Oh look, FUD.

No. It just means you can't buy a £50 7" tablet and then transfer the license to your desktop.

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Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

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> Windows apps run very well on Linux with wine

Ok, absolute troll confirmed. Go ahead, suggest I run a robotic quality control line consisting of twelve different spectrometers from WINE. Go on. I'll wait right here.

You're either a troll or the biggest moron I've ever encountered (and I include Eadon).

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*sigh*

Alright, I'll bite.

Backward compatibility, is the answer. Hundreds of millions of pieces of hardware that work with Windows but don't work with linux or OSX or *BSD. Billions of pieces of software that work on Windows but don't work on linux or OSX or *BSD.

Literally trillions of man-years of effort to make all that hardware and software compatible.

I don't think you realize what a staggering achievement backward compatibility in Windows actually is. Nobody else does it. The linux kernel introduces breaking changes with every major release. Apple are quite happy to fully reboot their whole OS.

Backward compatibility is what every industry that actually makes real things needs. Billions of production lines, control instruments, diagnostic instruments, even basic warehouse handhelds rely on it absolutely.

That is your answer.

I fed the troll. I apologize, everyone else.

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> OK someone doesn't understand questions...

Okay, somebody doesn't understand his own words....

The question was "Why should I care?" The better question can be shortened to "why do I care so much at the exclusion of everything else, even things I claim to care about?"

And the answer is that you're a troll.

Go away.

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> Coming from a company that delivers a minority operating system that is diminishing, why should I care enough to take the time to criticize on every single article related to Windows or Microsoft although interestingly not on any articles unrelated to Windows or Microsoft but about technologies which I profess to care about?

A somewhat better question.

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GCHQ heard you liked spying, so spied on itself spying on you

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Picture

Needs more Xzibit.

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Google meets more EU apparatchiks than anyone else in Brussels

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Re: Target confirmed sir

where did you get the MS spend from? It's not in the article.

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Re: If only...

A legitimate job for GCHQ?

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

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Re: "Hate fest"...?

I am past caring about zealots like you, with one minor exception.

I use debian at home, have done since 1998. I don't believe you've been using linux for a quarter as long because if you had, you would have learned long ago that linux isn't capitalized

It is lower-case and has always been lower-case. Being ranted at by you is like being lectured by the technically-illiterate HR person who always asks if I know any "C hash" programmers.

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Re: "Hate fest"...?

Nobody loves Microsoft, the same way nobody loves British Gas. It's just a company.

What can raise strong feelings are fucking infuriating retard linux fanboys who a) have no clue and b) think that by constantly telling everyone to use linux instead of their current choice* of OS they are increasing the use of linux rather than just pissing everyone off and actively harming their "great cause".

*or not choice. You tell me to use linux, I tell you to tell that to my CEO and watch him laugh at you for the ignorant shitwit you are, unless you're also planning to write drivers for the pharmaceutical measuring instruments (Kaiser, Brimrose, SimcaQ, Bruker, JDSU etc etc) that we write software to control and manage. You dick.

Icon selected because we don't have one that means "fuck off and die".

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Re: "Hate fest"...?

or it's a dishwasher.

Go away.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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I agree, but that was a true ensemble effort. Lovejoy didn't carry it alone.

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Re: From TV

Nah. Norman Stanley Fletcher, by a mile.

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: Translation

> Often I'll get the latest 2014 driver for their standard integrated Intel graphics and the installer will suddenly say "this is a custom version of the hardware and wont take this driver! See the OEM website for their driver!"

Ah yes, dell.com. God damn you, Dell.

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Login creds for US agencies found scrawled on the web's toilet walls

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Re: It's ok Gaius, just set the password to "permanenthardon", nobody will care...

> (And why do ancient icons reappear from time to time?)

Because some people would rather dick around with the posting interface than do any work.

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

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Re: Quote from Wikipedia:

I like the way you think but actually it's "straw".

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Windows Phone is like religion – it gets people when they are down

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Re: So...

go away

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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That's a good idea, if you're looking to create the single page on the internet with the most hacking attempts.

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Re: too pedantic?

> When did MS start selling PC hardware?

Since you've clearly been living in a cave, maybe you might want to Google "Surface Pro".

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Re: China

Not quite.

They said that Lenovo and/or some other Chinese OEMs would be upgrading qualifying users to genuine Win10. That's not exactly the same thing.

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Re: Pricing Structure...

> Thank you for reminding me exactly why I need to avoid Windows OS-X like the Plague!

You're welcome. Now since you're going to avoid them, please stop spreading FUD on threads about them.

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Re: Iceberg ahead!

> Will you have to remove the preview than re-install windows 7/8.x before going forward again?

No.

They've already stated that you can install clean from ISOs and provide a Win7 or 8.x key.

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> Then yeah MicroSoft probably, from what I gather has the power to fork you over... e.g. kill the key...

Where did you read that? Slashdot?

It's not true.

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@tony 72 - I suspect somebody wants any indication that it's free or that MS aren't going to make you "subscribe" and charge you a yearly fee or that Satya Nadella isn't going to rape your dog to be downvoted because by definition "Micro$oft == TEH EEEEEEEBILZ" and therefore anything non-negative anyone posts must be made to look wrong.

Or we just have a couple of complete bellends voting here.

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Unknown BUT.... MS have never yet deactivated a key that was used for an upgrade. Since XP, you've been able to reinstall (and reactivate) the original OS without issue.

That's not to say they can't deactivate the key, just that they never have yet.

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Yes, it's free.

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I thought the "OS Chief" was Terry Myerson?

Gabe Aul just runs the Insider programme.

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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A popular instalment of George Lucas' intergalactic entertainment series, the prequel was released in 3D back in 2011, and introduced new characters which have remained long-lasting fan favourites, chief among them being Jar Jar Binks.

lolz

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Re: Obligatory xkcd

Obligatory irrelevant xkcd?

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Re: Oh for god's sake...

Tim?

You didn't read it, did you?

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E3 2015 in a nutshell: Hurry up Hoth, and plenty to Unravel

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Re: What does this mean?

Needs more Beeeeeeeellions.

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Oh be fair. MS did more than Minecraft with Hololens. They also did this.

Hololens Halo 5 demo

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MS privacy policy website subverted to pimp gambling sites

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wordpress....

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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Re: Au contraire. mon brave, have an upvote...

I love meat.

However, I also like Miso soup and will give your recipe a try. Thanks.

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Oh come on, who doesn't like Pakoras? I've missed them as a post-pub treat ever since I stopped working in Glasgow.

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Chicken pakoras.

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Re: @AC

> but one is actually worth the price.... can you guess which one?

Yes, the one you can upgrade yourself.

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Re: @AC

@Buzzword

£350 is 33% of list price for a 3 year old ThinkPad. Macbooks are not special.

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So I can get a Thinkpad X1 Carbon for cheap?

If not, not interested.

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Feature-rich work in progress: Windows Mobile 10 build 10136

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And your point is...?

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Re: The app gap

7 and 7.5 apps work on 8.

But hey, nice try! I'm sure you can dissuade some more devs from bothering and that'll make your penis bigger!

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Farewell then, Mr Elop: It wasn't actually your fault

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Re: Platform Reform Norm

I agree. I was expecting WP and Meego/Symbian (via QT) but not the "let's burn everything" approach.

I still say that was a mistake.

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Re: Don't burn the platform you're standing on

It wasn't a public memo. He didn't issue a press release. It got leaked.

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Naughty Britons ever since the time of King Henry VIII haven't been very good about accepting that the Pope is boss of the world, of course.

To be fair, we weren't really all that great at accepting the Pope as boss of the world before Henry VIII, either. The Normans were pretty pro-Pope (mostly because a succession of Popes let them get way with all kinds of bullshit) but the Angevins and the Plantagenets... really, really not so much. Thomas Becket, anyone?

And before the Normans, the English church had married priests, a "whatever" attitude to working on Sundays and refused to sell indulgences because that's immoral.

Basically, we are not good at religion. The Welsh have a good go at it and the Scots can get very antsy about their invisible friend but the English? Mostly we're interested in beer and fighting. A judgemental God who doesn't like beer and fighting was never going to be a big hit here.

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JavaScript creator Eich's latest project: KILL JAVASCRIPT

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Re: Typescript

yes, but the idea of everything compiling to wasm (that's what they're calling it, apparently), there is no need to have something compile to JavaScript.

"wasm". Sounds weird. I recommend they change to "Web Assembly System Code" and then we can pronounce it "wazzock".

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well, they kind of are, if you extend the metaphor so that your browser becomes a VM or container in its own right because they are a mid-point for addressing the "CPU" of the vm/container/browser.

I understand your pedantry on the matter (hence upvote) and find it tempting myself but it we have to admit that it is either pedantry or a failure to think in terms of abstract entities rather than physical transistors.

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'No evidence' Snowden was working for foreign power says ex-NSA boss

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Re: Blackmail?

They have no flexibility because they never fill in the form. Agents names are never written down, their physical descriptions are never stored.

Government uses *ahem* third-party contract companies to pay those people and they have exactly zero links to the official Three Letter Agencies to be exploited.

This applies in the US and the UK.

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Re: Blackmail?

China cannot identify a US spy from that information. They can identify a government employee from that information. For example, they could learn a cultural attaché was a government employee. I'm sure that would come as an enormous shock to them.

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

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Re: Other than XBOX, mice and keyboards...

According to the earnings call, they're making money on Surface now.

It's in the black, even if you subtract the write-down they took on RT units.

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Re: "However this strategy has completely failed

> A big share of a very small market that was at the time almost entirely corporate. I've hardly seen any WM phones in the wild.

This is true. I had one (I bought it thinking I'd be able to while away the quiet times writing code on my phone but that - with the Motorola MPX200 at least - was not an option) and it remains the only WM phone I've ever seen except for it's replacement, also owned by me as an experiment. That was the 1st gen HTC Touch which was actually a pretty good little phone.

The stylus was nifty for taking notes.

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