* Posts by dogged

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

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Re: Pffftt...

Happy birthday. That's much better than more of Gavin Clarke's fuckwitted drivel.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Re: how is this possible?

>Anyone care to explain how I can install Windows 8.x on a PC with a 32 GB drive and 1 GB RAM have it not only be usable but remain usable after a year or two's worth of windows updates?

Like this.

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Re: It's good to have choice

> I trust Android and Google to do he right things

You're funny, I like you.

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Re: It's good to have choice

> LOL, not this competition is good nonsense.

Sorry AC, it looks like people keep forgetting that a 100% Android monopoly and the absolute death and bankruptcy of Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, IBM and while we're about it RedHat and Canonical are absolutely the right conditions for improvement because you like Google.

How careless of everyone capable of rational thought.

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> I won't respond to your remark on the apps, because that is 100% trolling

I can see the rest of the post as trollish but there are over a half million Store apps. You can easily check that. And you can indeed use Bluestacks to run Android apps should you so wish.

So would you mind explaining that?

(For clarity, I was not the AC you're responding to. I very, very rarely use AC cover on the Reg).

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Re: I bought one of these for Christmas

> My guess is you are totally wrong. I have this thing called a PASSWORD.

And as many user accounts as you like, don't forget.

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> content providers such as 4OD have in the past specifically blocked the use of the HDMI port when playing their media

I would suggest that this is an unlikely strategy when that software is running on what is, essentially,a full Windows PC.

You block the HDMI port, how is anyone supposed to use a monitor?

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Re: Linux?

I think the touchscreen drivers might make that tricky.

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No iPlayer because the BBC get discount Macs and their kids use Android tablets.

However, TV Catchup does iPlayer quite well and there's always the (full) browser.

When I was using a Windows tablet I would occasionally bitch about lack of apps and then smell the coffee and remember I could run a full browser of any flavour I liked...

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Re: Price as a signal

> I now need to revise my advice

To reflect your stance in the OS Jihad? How not very enlightened of you :/

I might think about this but I had an Asus VivoTab 8 that I got for the Wacom stylus and ended up barely using it. More than anything, this was due to the awful gritty feel of the screen glass under the stylus making it genuinely unpleasant to work with.

I would get a replacement but it would need to be a similar size (between 6 and 8 inches diagonal) and a "premium" product so that it was pleasant to use.

In the meantime, I have just bought my little boy a Hudl.

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Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

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Re: No. PR is the special olympics of electoral systems - you get elected just for turning up.

Thanks!

Well, that ruined the joke. Unless the others are all manlier than her.

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Re: No. PR is the special olympics of electoral systems - you get elected just for turning up.

> How dare you use the phrase "special olympics" as a derogatory term with the implication that paralympians get medals just for turning up.

/facepalm

Nobody mentioned the Paralympics. I mentioned the Special Olympics which is an admirable competition but where you do actually get medals just for turning up.

These forums are not designed along the same lines so you don't get treated nicely for turning up and I get to call you an idiot.

> Also, why the personal insult over Caroline Lucas's appearance?

You're just begging to be offended about something, aren't you? I mean, you're really working at it. I bet you write letters to newspapers and go on Have Your Say.

In case you are as simple-minded as you seem, Caroline Lucas was the only woman standing in Brighton when she was elected. Brighton is well-known for having a large gay population. I made a joke, based on the fact that all of the other "drag acts" hadn't even bothered - ie, they were men wearing suits with trousers.

You dolt.

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Re: PR is the special olympics of electoral systems - you get elected just for turning up.

I doubt if anyone hates our current crop of self-serving shitbags more than me. That doesn't mean I want to see minority racists getting to rule coalitions.

Or the fucking LibDems. In the UK, all PR would mean is that whoever you vote for, you always get the bastard LibDems.

(EDIT @sabroni - I did not downvote you. Each man's political opinion is his own affair).

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Re: EU "law"

> proportional representation

No. PR is the special olympics of electoral systems - you get elected just for turning up.

The good thing about FPTP is that at least the losers get to lose and the more they lose by the bigger losers they are. See also the BNP, the SWP and the Greens.

Admittedly, Greens do have an MP but only in Brighton and that's only because the population thought it was a contest for the best drag-act.

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Microsoft turns the power of FINE PRINT onto enterprise licensing

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Re: @n@ - Also

I would have gone with Baron Bomburst,

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Re: Where is ...

I think they took it off as a result of Greens vs Lewis Page and Fandroids vs Orlowski.

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FERTILISER DOOM warning! PESKY humans set to WIPE selves out AGAIN

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Re: From a farmer

Well said.

I used to do the same but my dad died and the landlords took the farm so these days I just code.

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@Alan Brown

My dad was a small farmer, which is a misnomer as he may only have had 120 acres but he was also six foot eight so the description feels a bit weird. Still "bloody enormous wall of West Country Stubborn with a small farm" doesn't roll off the tongue...

anyway, he fully supported the abolition of all farming subsidies and the CAP. He said the game was rigged toward East Anglian land barons who could afford to buy as many MPS as they liked and the agrichemical companies who could afford to buy as many MAFF officials as they liked.

This is, I have discovered over the years, a very common attitude among farmers with less than 300 or so acres in the UK. In order to reduce the voting impact of this attitude, it has been the policy of most governments since Heath signed the country away to eradicate those farmers. In the name of "efficiency".

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You may not WANT to overuse it but it happens pretty much everywhere for exactly the reason you stated - it isn't free.

This means that people like DEFRA (formerly MAFF) are under tremendous pressure to continually increase the "recommended" levels of fertilizer (and pesticide, herbicide, fungicide) used per acre so that the "rural economy" - ie, the fertilizer salesmen - do well. In the western world, fertilizers are also a capital 100% tax deductible business expense so they're not exactly free but come at a penalty of short-term cashflow only.

When the subsidies are pegged to be available to the very biggest farmers (as in the UK, small farmers are expected to do the capitalist thing and die because they're not subsidized efficiently by the state.... don't worry, that confuses me too but is true regardless) and those subsidies are in part discretionary based on the "efficiency" of your agriculture which is partly measured by how well you fall in line with DEFRA's recommendations... well, when that happens Monsanto sell a lot of fertilizer.

You should also note that "efficiency" has - in DEFRA terms - a one-to-one mapping with "monoculture" which by definition relies on fertilizers as otherwise the soil is leeched of N and P and cannot sustain crops (the old method was to leave land fallow for two years, preferably growing clover as a Nitrogen fixer but this is not "efficient"). It also becomes vulnerable to pests, fungi and weeds that are unable to gain a foothold in a crop-rotation system.

So yeah, it's farmers. But they are not alone in this farce.

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Medic! Intel can't stanch bleeding from mobile chip biz

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except Windows Phone only runs on Qualcomm chipsets.

Do you ever actually know anything about the things you post?

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Microsoft snubs Codeplex, moves big projects to GitHub

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Re: Microsoft FAIL

You can actually do some pretty amazing stuff with SharePoint. Personally, I loathe and despise the "web parts" widgets but you can write MVC5 against it now which makes it less like skindiving in sewage.

For a multi-function intranet platform with AD integration, it works. And some of the mad shit you can do with it makes it worth learning.

DISCLAIMER - this may come across as unwarranted enthusiasm but until recently I never saw the point of SharePoint at all. Then I integrated our TFS with it because the boss told me to. Then I noticed I could easily produce customisable sites to allow internal and external clients to "buy in" by giving them access to our burndown charts and tests so they could follow progress, and also feature request/bug report stuff so we could stay on top of what they wanted instead of having random lists of unprioritised crap around the place.

So I did that and learned even more crazy stuff I could easily do with it and I'm still kicking myself for not bothering with it four years ago.

Apart from anything else, it pays really well.

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Re: re: Have you actually used TFS?

TFS Express is your friend.

(I know, but actually, it really is).

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Yes, I am actually using it right now. As ALM it's pretty good. If the source control doesn't suit you, you can go for git instead and retain the ALM functionality including the reports and the sharepoint publication of progress data to what we are forced to call "stakeholders".

You don't like it? de gustibus. I find it incredibly flexible and (at the current price of "free for home use/hobbyist use/SME <5devs use) pretty good value.

Did you have a specific criticism or is this just another complaint that makes you look like a supercool leet d00d who knows everything without any actual basis?

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That line confused me as well. TFS also supports git perfectly well, as you'd expect since visualstudio.com is (basically) just hosted TFS.

The author seems to be saying "look, this product isn't very good. THEREFORE ALL THEIR OTHER PRODUCTS MUST SUCK TOO" which isn't actually logical. That's like saying "Revels are disgusting and Mars make them so look, Mars bars and Minstrels and (er, racks brain) Twix must be disgusting too!"

Which they're not. Unless you get the American version where they put dog shit in their chocolate by law.

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US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

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What a great way for criminals to use the publicized spook activity as a cover for doing, er, exactly what the spooks are doing.

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BT bemoans 'misconceived' SUPERFAST broadband regs

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Re: @AlbertH

@AC I read that as a reference to Murphy's Law.

If you didn't, perhaps the problem is at your end.

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hang on

Did Ofcom just order BT to increase their prices to consumers in order to create a bigger gap?

Because it looks that way.

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Microsoft cracks personalisation without prying

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Re: Before the usual MS bashing....

> Why are you people so keen to defend a certain company, that you jump in to do it before anyone even says anything?

Boredom. Boredom with the usual OS-jihadis.

Try an experiment. Do a google site specific search on theregister.co.uk for the search term "Microsoft" and then read the comments.

Or you could save time on the specific searches and google "Bob Vistakin".

But you already knew that, right Bob?

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Re: Before the usual MS bashing....

> When you install Windows 8, the "don't track" is off by default

No it isn't

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Re: Before the usual MS bashing....

Mostly they were ignoring DNT anyway using the excuse that nobody had it switched on. Now they ignore it because some people have it switched on.

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Re: Before the usual MS bashing....

it's a business-model difference. MS sell software and Azure services. Google sell you.

Therefore, MS have no downside in strongly supporting end-user privacy features while of course, Google would hurt their own profits by doing so. So, in order to differentiate themselves from Google, MS push user privacy and are prepared to spend money doing so.

I expect David Cameron to make MS illegal over the next week or so.

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Kim Jong-Un shoot-em-up Glorious Leader! yanked

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Re: Sums it up really

the phrase "seriously wtf SOURCE CONTROL people" springs to mind.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: A request

Naomi Klein is not exactly well-known for her ability to research or present something she didn't explicitly decide to prove before writing the damn book.

Also, only a passing acquaintance with the facts of any matter.

It's easy to be cynical about politicians selling you their agenda. You just have to be equally cynical about journalists who make money from lecture tours.

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Re: Whatever.

His point is that it doesn't affect him and therefore it is neither a) important nor b) news.

See also his response to any new technology or development as reported on the Reg.

Here's a link, try it - clicky

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the significant owl hoots in the night

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$500 TEDDY BEAR teaches tots to spit up personal data

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Re: Let me fix that for you, JDX.

Let me fix that for you, jake -

"play on the grandparents' insecurities about the exhausted parents' inability to look after the child."

Parents aren't usually the market for this shit - they're too busy and too tired. "Helpful" grandparents, on the other hand...

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Re: What a waste of money

charging cables, toilet rolls, cat food, cat litter, the contents of the dishwasher/washing machine, oven doors, remote controls, anything fragile and expensive/dangerous when broken and bloody Duplo, which is not quite the landmine for the unsuspecting bare foot that Lego is but it's close.

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Re: As a parent with a toddler...

From a very early early age, my little monster has savagely disassembled every stuffed toy he's been given. Grandparents still keep giving them, we either hide 'em fast or prepare to clean up a lot of stuffing.

To be fair, there was the "new baby" doll the Mrs got him to prepare him for the imminent arrival of the next monster next month but that was pretty solid plastic and mostly he beats the cat with it.

My guess is that this came from a marketing exec who has either a) no kids or b) a nanny.

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It's hacker jihad: Islamist skiddies square up to Anonymous

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and remember to pronounce that as "il" rather than "al" or people will look at you funny.

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Re: Prophet's Jim'll Fix It Badge

Yeah and Moses lived to be 380 years old.

I think this one would fail the "beyond reasonable doubt" test.

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What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

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Re: I'm more interested in the geopolitics of it

> But we now import 80% of our coal

While this is true, we still HAVE a fuckload of coal. What we don't have are any miners or working mines, as a result of deliberate Government policy in the 80s.

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Re: Missed GTL Conversions and Dewatered Alge oil...

could you throw some citations in there?

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Re: I'm more interested in the geopolitics of it

Not since the days of steam.

Water and coal, we have. In abundance.

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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Re: @dogged - @dogged

> So you'd prefert to take the state snooping into everything you do and everything you read and everything you write and everything you look at?

Yeah, I can take direct action against that with OpenPGP and underground networking. I can even disrupt security snooping networks, smash CCTV cameras, flood GCHQ with heavily encrypted random packets for weeks at a time (and organize groups to help me do so) and generally make such snooping into the joke we know it to be.

I can't go build a fucking power station.

In an environment where policies come as a package and they will all lead to disgusting new laws, the duty of the citizen become determining which of those laws he can render useless.

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Re: @dogged

From the link earlier about voting for policies -

"We would close down all Britain's nuclear power stations and concentrate on renewable energy"

It's not a straw man and it's not whataboutery when you have to vote for the whole thing or nothing. I'd take nothing over the Greens.

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> And that's exactly the sort of attitude that suits the established parties just fine.

Not really, I'd say it about the Tories if their energy policy was to ban nuclear power forever and their defence policy was to grow a big hedge around the UK.

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Ross Ulbricht trial Day One: 'I DID invent Silk Road ... but I'm innocent'

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Re: Say, that reminds me...

apparently, there was a one-gloved man...

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Re: Hmmm.... So it went to trial

Ross owns $18 million worth of bitcoins. His lawyer says he got them from trading (and to be fair, it's not like their value doesn't fluctuate) as opposed to the estimate $80million in bitcoins that DPR would have stashed away.

Given his low-key lifestyle, this could be an important plank of the defence. However 18million is enough for a lawyer.

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Google v Oracle: US Supreme Court turns to Obama in Java copyright war

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Re: Oracle has a loaded gun, pointed right at their own foot.

None of which excuses your error - it is used for both Android and iOS development as well as oh, over 90% of the desktop market and a huge amount of servers.

Of course, I understand that you're doing the "stop liking what I don't like" internet win argument in this case being basically a "lol Windows Phone, we want less competition so my preferred platform can be all of the win" thing but being an internet staple doesn't mean it's not stupid. Far from it, in fact.

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