* Posts by dogged

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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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Re: bank of dave?

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/bank-of-dave

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Re: Why not nationalise all the banks?

I'm shocked at the number of (semi)-public French companies running British utilities. Trains, the Severn crossings, etc...

It's like it's ALWAYS better for private industry to run things than the public sector unless the public sector in question is somebody else's.

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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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Re: Why Why I always asked myself for Surface

8.1 has the classic "X" closure in the top right-hand corner.

Forgive me if I doubt your wonderful story.

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Google App Engine Java sandbox is leaking, say researchers

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Re: And the good news is?

Would you like to buy this bridge?

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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...

The birth itself is a long period of being absolutely useless. You stand there and hold her hand and say encouraging things that you both know are fatuous bullshit while totally unable to do anything productive or helpful whatsoever.

I've done it twice now. The only reason I did it was because she wanted me to and neither time was I doing anything more notable than consuming extra space and oxygen.

My second son forgot to keep breathing after he was born and we had a crash team in - I didn't even know what was going on.

My dad once told me that a man's role in a childbirth is to wait outside looking worried and offer people cigars. He had it right. The alternative is just slow torture for everyone involved.

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Re: Desperation

What part of "preview" is too hard for you? OF COURSE it's instrumented.

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Re: Desperation

As desperate as Apple, who also offer their OS for free?

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Re: Worse case scenario...

I wondered whether people were still pushing the "subscription" FUD.

Thanks for clearing that up for me.

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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Re: Crown jewel

> Oh? I thought if you approach them with a chronic condition that'll take mucho money to treat and will take this side of forever, you're instead shown the door and told to go somewhere and DIE.

Did the Republican Party tell you that? Because it's bullshit. If it wasn't, there would be no Multiple Sclerosis treatment on the NHS, which there most definitely is. Also anti-HIV drugs, etc as (literally) nauseam

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Re: "every single thing"

> You keep stats? 'Sufficient unto the day' dear friend.

No, I just have a good memory and the Your Posts page is handy for keeping up with a conversation.

Although most aren't worth bothering with.

Take this one - Article about Windows 10? Quick! Log on to the comments and tell everyone you use linux! Then they will know how cool and uber and an "experienced Pro" you are. Very little in the comments about the actual article, just the usual communal dick-rub about how awesome it is to be a Penguinista.

And don't get me wrong, it is awesome. I've been using Debian since 1998 so I can see how some people could get excited about it. What it is not is a) big b) clever -anymore, most WMs and installers have got a lot friendlier to the newb and that's a good thing - or c) relevant in any way.

It's like a whole crowd of people getting erections over how they can drive a car with a manual gearbox - standard response should be "so fucking what?"

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Re: "and they're losing faith.'

> And you sir deserve a slap

Oh, do we have to be nice to arrogant idiots now? He's not our CEO so I don't have to pretend he isn't a moron

BTW, was your "slap" the new downvote added to my total on every single thing I've posted in the last month? Ooh, ooh, that hurts make it stop argh argh wait actually grow the fuck up and stop being so petty.

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@Paul Shirley

If MS had removed the "theming code", Start 8 could not exist.

Your argument is nonsensical.

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Re: "and they're losing faith.'

If you don't know exactly how customizable the Windows interface has always been - and here's a hint, Start8 is the very least of what's possible - then I'm glad they don't design for "experienced Pros like [you]".

What are you Pro at exactly? Wheelbarrow maintenance?

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Welcome to the family ... Microsoft licks nib of Surface pen maker N-trig

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Re: How does N-trig compare to Wacom?

fuck you, downvoter.

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Re: How does N-trig compare to Wacom?

According to Gabe from Penny Arcade, it's exactly the same without the blurred edges. The NTrig pen requires a battery, though.

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Tesco tries to talk Tesco Mobile up from 'Value' to 'Finest' ahead of sale

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Re: overstreched

fine user of the Grocer's Apostrophe there, sir.

Nice to see that commentards can still do irony better than Alanis Morrisette.

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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Re: How many edits do they get?

> You are implying the Wikipedia model actually works. Oh, wait, it does.

Be honest, the Time to Cock on this was always going to measured in nanoseconds.

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Microsoft springs for new undersea cables to link US, UK, Asia

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Re: Sure...

> Wouldn't want to mention having private global SkypeNameChosenToAvoidMurdochOwnedLawyers aspirations

Fixed

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: Up the Pole!

It's fairly obvious that Scotland is grossly over-represented.

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> And does the media ever properly explain how polls are conducted and what statistical methods are used?

Lord Ashcroft does.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Re: The UK can leave

> the EU, I will be glad in many ways. It will be more easier imposing barriers to nice practices like the ones that give us the "mad cows".

I've been staying out of this one but you stepped into an area of special concern for me.

Bovine Spongiform Ecephalopathy is actually pretty rampant in the EU and first cases were reported long before it became an issue in the UK. But the UK is a pariah because the UK actually enforces EU-mandated animal disposal rules. A farmer in France with a BSE-afflicted animal will simply shoot it and bury it. In the UK, it gets reported.

Much the same for the good ol' US of States.

So, are you eating BSE-beef? If it comes from the EU, almost certainly. If it comes from the UK, almost certainly not.

Hope this helps.

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Ex-NSA security bod fanboi: Apple Macs are wide open to malware

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> Netstat shows a connection to Twitter, when I don't even use Twitter?!

Third-party authentication code. Even if you don't use it, it's still there.

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Bug bounties?

Surely Apple are working on a way that you can pay them for the privilege of finding their security holes for them.

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Phablet for the biz fleet with easy typing: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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Re: Good idea

Mostly because ARM.

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Re: Another day

But I bet you think Al Taylor slobbering all over the latest Android phones is an exquisitely balanced piece of journalism.

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Systemd hee hee: Jessie Debian gallops (slowly) into view

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wow, there are three of us?

It has its pros and cons. I have upgraded (so am without) but I don't have any moral objection to it.

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Unfriended: Odious screen-teens get theirs in this flat horror

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Re: I'm working on a new film - "With Windows 10"

It's a comedy about the technically inept, then?

(Don't want MS to get your data on this heavily-instrumented not-ready-for-production preview software? Yank the network cable).

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Why OH WHY is economics so bleedin' awful, then?

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Re: What do you call a system

> PS why Brenda?

It's a Private Eye thing.

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Re: IT Futures, and IT is the Future + usual wtf

You are an AI based on Robert Anton Wilson and I claim my five spondulix.

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Windows 10 hands on: Build 10074 is for the brave - but it's pretty snazzy

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Re: Office 365 integration

> God forbid someone else may have different usage requirements to you.

Welcome to the Reg forums, where if you don't use something or simply don't like the idea then a) you MUST USE IT because you're "forced" to and b) it should be banned and so should the company that makes it.

Also, swearing you'll never use it means you're a hardcore dangerous rebel that the cool kids will like.

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Re: Office 365 integration

Use a local account then. Jesus, why is it some commentards see an optional feature and then immediately decide it's mandatory, that MS are "forcing you" to use it and that all workarounds have been deleted?

Just select a local account.

fucksakes.

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Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd

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Re: Ours hololens?

Hololens is a copy of Glass in the same way that Fireblade is a copy of a Segway.

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Re: On the 6th of March 2011 Motorola Atrix phone was released

> Some of the other commenters seem to be unaware of this precedent.

Some are, but I'm not. Some are unaware of the original HP Tablet PCs (running XP) that came out in 2001. Some are unaware that phones could be "smart" long before the iPad.

However, the point about the Atrix (1 and 2 both) is that from an Enterprise point of view, it sucked donkey buttock. MDM wasn't there yet, it was stupidly expensive, it ran Android apps rather than as you claim, "a full-fat desktop OS" and those are better for productivity than they were but mostly dire on a bigger screen and _certainly_ not as Enterprise-friendly as Office and the like.

Short version - MS have a history of making products too early before the tech can support them. Like the tablet PCs, like the SPOT watch, like many others. This time, they watched somebody else make all the mistakes first.

That's encouraging.

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I agree. I foresee tablet and laptop docks as well as PC workstations with no PC.

This, for enterprise, is quite possible the long-awaited "killer app". How much will a phone that can do this cost? $150 off contract like the 640? How tightly can you control a phone using MDM? Seriously tightly. With Office supplied (probably for free, the way MS are going at the moment) this is the single best reason to turn line of business applications into Universal Apps and push Lumias at your workforce.

Which gets the numbers up. And if all those iOS and Android apps are now so easy to refactor and there's suddenly a big audience for them....

It amazes me that this little announcement hasn't appeared to register (no pun intended) with the tech press at all.

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Wordpress munching contagion turns Linux servers into spam bots

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Wordpress.

The Internet equivalent of hiring Crapita.

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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Re: PR spin

> I would call it confusing and very limited.

You poor thing, are you always so easily confused? My grandmother in law can use a WP (in English!) without getting confused and she's 94 and a native Burmese speaker.

Your handicaps must be an impressive list indeed.

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> Windows Phone 7 - Ok, you'll need to rewrite all your apps for Windows Phone 8

> Windows Phone 8 - Ok, you'll need to rewrite all your apps for Windows Phone 10

Nice theory except that neither of those actually happened.

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Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

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Re: I wonder who will beta this for them?

King already did. RTFA.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Re: A good use case

> Au contrair(sic), the last 4 are what most squaddies scrawl over their kit to identify it (along with their surname)...

This is true but the first four digits are almost meaningless and the middle four* are utterly meaningless. You can still make out a picture when it's smeared, burned or discoloured. A number? Not so much.

Unless the picture has been retouched by a spanish grandmother, of course.

(Four is arbitrary, I'm talking about fragments, basically).

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Re: A good use case

> A very fair point: but if tattoos are there to help identifying body parts wouldn't it make more sense to just have ones service number tattooed on each limb, head, torso, buttock etc?

Not really, if you think about it. The last four digits of your service number would probably be extremely unhelpful and the middle four would be even worse. Part of a picture is almost certainly more use since humans are well-trained to identify partial pictures.

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Historical precedent

I refer AC (asking how many recorded cases etc) to one King Harold Godwinson

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Smile! Brit transport plods turn bodycams on travelling public

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Re: Who is Kidding Who?

Yes, I did. Not only is the service worse now, it's much more expensive.

And much more heavily subsidised so even if you don't take the train, you still pay.

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Acer: 'We will be the last man standing in the PC industry'

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Re: ew Acer.

Thinkpads were never shitwared anyway - that was the consumer-end cheapbooks.

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ew Acer.

Always shoddy, always breaking, always poorly finished, always loaded down with shitware.

No thanks.

I'll take a Thinkpad or an Asus Zenbook instead, if that's okay.

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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So the TCO

Is that higher or lower than buying an equivalent Dacia for about half the price?

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