* Posts by dogged

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Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year

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Yes. It is.

In general I approve of the efforts to make linux more user-friendly but being friendly to users means you tend to attract... users.

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Re: Free Legal Torrent for all

Everything can now (in Win10) run windowed so snapping is no longer an issue.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: Can i ask, how much

UEFI is not a Microsoft technology.

Why am I reading this bullshit?

(Actually, Win8 is a considerable performance improvement and also reduces required resources but I doubt your worldview can permit that).

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Re: Security and Stability iffyness

> and is not a covert anti-security backdoor like Windows 8+ apparently is!

I bet you Googled that.

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Re: Windows 10 Upgrade

> Because you'll be trading your Windows 7 license for Windows 10. Windows 7 will no longer have a valid license and probably not activate.

Aha! Here comes the FUD.

Actually Win10 has a built-in tool to roll back to your old OS version if you decide you don't like it. But nice try, AC! You might frighten a few newbs with that one!

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Re: Loving the free upgrade

> Word on the street is that it's a one way trip. Once you upgrade to Windows 10, there is no way back. Your licence key is irreversibly "upgraded" from a Win7 licence to a Win10 licence. Conviently (for Microsoft), there is no way to buy Windows 7 licences any more in retai either.

Word on the street is absolutely, irrevocably, and massively wrong then. Was "word on the street" spread by Bob Vistakin, perhaps?

As others have linked here, Windows 10 actually has an inbuilt system for rolling back to your old OS version. "Word on the street" my arse. Word on Slashdot, maybe.

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@Paul Shirley

Historically, Microsoft have never "deactivated" a license key once you've used it to upgrade. Of course, that doesn't mean they can't do it and it doesn't mean they are incapable of doing something that stupid but in the 20 years since Windows 95, it has never happened yet.

And just for anyone who thinks restoring an image takes too long - incidentally, if you think that you have no business being in this industry -

http://www.howtogeek.com/75496/how-to-reinstall-windows-without-having-to-reactivate/

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Re: Edge and other search engines

> Fun fact, you can't change the search engine away from bing in Edge/Spartan. You're stuck with bing.

For now, in the preview/beta, this is true. I'll bet you a tenner it won't be true by July 29th.

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Re: Windows 10?

> Vista was rubbish. Even on a brand new gaming PC it was a constant pain in the neck

No, it had UAC which probably irritated you and needed hefty hardware. Clearly your brand new gaming PC was underspecced.

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Re: Loving the free upgrade

I have quite hard time seeing why anyone would wait past the free year, to be honest.

Take a backup image, make sure you only write data to a non-system drive, install.

If you don't like it, restore. Why not? It's not as if it's expensive.

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Re: Windows 10?

You forgot 2K which was also good.

And Vista wasn't rubbish - it just came supplied on a lot of terrible hardware.

Pre SP1, XP was anything but good. I'd say fuckawful, actually. No security by default, firewall turned off, IE6 doing its awful, awful thing.... nope, can't think of a single good thing about XP at release.

Basically, this whole "alternating versions" meme is bullshit.

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Re: Still doing 32bit

It's mainly for cheap tablets (1GB of RAM and no GPU - why would you want 64bit?)

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Long, sticky summer ahead: Win 10 will be with OEMs by 31 August

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Re: Missing Requirement - UEFI?

Ah. Just some impotent nerd then.

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Re: Yea right

Journalism fail.

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Re: Missing Requirement - UEFI?

Okay then, somebody downvoted.

Let's see that same somebody justify their downvote with a detailed explanation of where this factual information containing no opinion, insult, snideness, sarcasm or indeed anything except raw data is incorrect which clearly the downvoter believes it is.

OR the downvoter wants readers to think the information is incorrect even though it's not because they have an agenda.

I await the technical explanation with interest.

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Re: Missing Requirement - UEFI?

> Am I right in thinking that a UEFI BIOS is required for W10?

No.

It's required for the "Made for Windows 10" OEM sticker but not for the OS. Upgrades do not require it.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: The new common-as-muck hybrid

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Re: Curious about break lights

Even with the recuperation set to maximum there'd be little chance of getting rear-ended unless the following car was much, much too close an Audi.

Fixed.

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'iPhone 6S' to push fanbois around with 'Force Touch display'

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Re: Idiot Tax?

If your priority is OSX, it makes sense to buy a Mac but let's not pretend you can't get something equally capable (in terms of functionality and even design) for a lot less money.

You might like OSX but it's only an operating system. There's nothing special about it. It can't do anything no other OS can do.

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Re: Idiot Tax?

well, you should have said you were a fanboi. That changes someone's priorities, much like being a Scientologist.

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Re: Idiot Tax?

It can be hackintoshed if that's your preference.

It will also run non-proprietary BSDs that don't phone home to Cupertino.

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Re: Idiot Tax?

> I think you are right, in the past you could get the same PC equivalent as a Mac for half the price, but these days the 'Idiot Tax' joke doesn't fit any more.

I disagree This thing rubs the Macbook Air's face in the dirt and is literally half the price.

iMacs are also stupidly expensive.

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Wearable fitness tech: Exercising your self-motivation skills

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Were fitness trackers ever actually supposed to be motivational tools?

I quite like mine but I have to say that it doesn't really influence whether I exercise or not. It's quite handy for telling me when to stop, though.

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Split decision: Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible

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You implied that MS Office might be more useful than LibreOffice. That's heresy around here, even though it's also true.

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Re: spoonerism

Do you perhaps mean "malapropism"? The Reverend Spooner rarely commented on USB devices, to my knowledge.

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" a microUSB card slot" - a what?

I was tempted until I noticed that it's a Bluetooth keyboard dock now. I think this is a mistake. Having the extra battery life from the dock was one of the Transformer range's big bonus points - dropping that and adding an extra power-drain in the form of a wireless connection seems a bit like shooting yourself in the foot.

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Sex disease surge in US state partly blamed on hook-up apps

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Meh

All those "abstinence only" schools are clearly innocent of any culpability.

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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Re: Consensus is not science

Or, as a friend of mine puts it -

"Most people are pretty stupid. Therefore, gaining consensus on a subject is a lot easier than actually being right about it".

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Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

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Re: How many will remain ?

OP is one of a small group of fire and brimstone F/OSS evangelists who criticize any company/product they don't like (and thus don't use and are thus astoundingly ignorant about) at every opportunity.

Humour? About as likely as the (Westboro) Phelps family supporting a Pride march, and for broadly similar reasons.

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Re: How many will remain ?

> If they follow their guidelines, they will have to boot a lot of apps ... even MS Office, since it is much more expensive than, say, Libre Office, yet offers little, if any, added value.

Yeah, because LibreOffice is available as a Windows Store app... except that it isn't and you have no idea what you're talking about.

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Re: Serious question

I understand that RyokuMas does pretty well on his WP games.

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Windows Store apps can be released with a Trial mode (as I recall, it's time limited but it's been a while...)

One of the big giveaways that something is a scam app is that it does not have this option available.

If MS were to make the Trial option mandatory for paid apps, it might solve a great many problems.

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Re: On a related note

> The top ten list of apps in each category will be reduced to the top five - until such time as there are ten apps in the category.

In a similar move, the top ten list of linux desktops is due to be replaced by a top 5 list of linux desktop users until such time as there are ten linux desktop users.

Isn't this game fun?

(NB - I will probably be one of the five).

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Re: that's a nice hat

You don't get the blame the Queen for the nightmare we keep electing (the colour of tie changes but that's about all).

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Musk: 'It's BS for ex-Vulture to claim I forced employee to miss sprog's birth'

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Re: Big moments vs the small...

Because somebody downvotes everything I post. I'm used to it.

They'll be round for this one pretty soon.

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New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

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Re: Bah!

Not at all. I'm simply pointing out that the tiles are only there in Tablet mode and can be removed entirely, by you, by anyone. That's called a choice.

Do you object to choice?

How very Apple of you.

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Re: One more reason

> One more reason for me to never ever install Windows 10. Except this is the clincher.

I can only assume you comment on Windows 10 articles to somehow attempt to convert others to your viewpoint (a glance through this thread reinforces the assumption quite strongly).

Why?

Will your opinion become more "right" if other people agree with you?

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Re: Bah!

Only if you want them. But if all you're going to do is look at the pictures, they should be perfect for you.

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Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'

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Re: Probably wouldn't have changed anything anyway.

That is an excellent argument. Well done, sir.

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Pretty harsh moderation on this article.

It appears that we're not allowed to criticize the (blatant) attempt to blame Google and the EFF for child prostitution, human trafficking and racketeering.

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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> But the question I want answered is how much does Windows IoT edition cost?

It's free, according to everything I can find.

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Re: Let the see the error of their ways

yeah, that whole Universal App thing kind of passed you by, didn't it?

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Candlelit vigil planned to honour executed Newcastle cow Bessie

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Re: Ahhh blissful ignorance

It's pretty rare except when DEFRA decide your land is within 3 miles (yes miles) of a Foot & Mouth outbreak and kill all your perfectly healthy animals just so it looks like they're doing something.

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Re: Praying's not good enough

they should invite a copper to come along and explain how they tried to calm her down with their sirens and helicopter.

Perhaps a crowd that asked that kind of question might need to be calmed down, though.

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Safari URL-spoofing vuln reveals how fanbois can be led astray

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> The proof-of-concept invites users to visit what appears to be the Daily Mail website

And they're sending this Guardian-reading iThing owners? I guess that's called deliberately making sure your PoC is safe.

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Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

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Hey, when you (not necessarily Michael Habel but some weird little freak) went on your downvote spree - seriously, a link supplied in response to somebody asking where to find a TV show? There is no hope for you. Go back to Call of Duty - you missed this one.

You're welcome.

Loser.

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dude, are you a Microsoft employee doing a (very successful) pastiche of a raving penguinista halfwit?

I can't think of any other explanation.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: Why not nationalise all the banks?

Given the state of the M48 bridge, their efficiency lines are about on a par with those of local councils who can't be arsed to fix potholes.

Mind you, it is possible to force their hand...

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: A cow is actually quite dangerous

> While a distressed cow can be quite dangerous most farmers can and do handle them on a daily basis.

That's because farmers try to avoid terrifying the poor bloody animal with a fucking helicopter.

The stupid in these police is way, way too strong.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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Re: Connecting to wifi

> I come to El Reg for the comedy and I fully expect the author to rip the piss out of whatever the subject of the article is.

I agree. However it would be nice if the author listed genuine shortcomings rather than making some up. Still, I guess if you read a Gavin Clarke review of a Microsoft product, you're asking for everything you get. It's like an Ed Miliband review of bacon sandwiches.

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