* Posts by ksb1972

16 posts • joined 15 Mar 2010

Crashing PC sales don't stop HP Inc releasing two new ones

ksb1972

Home Entertainment?

How can it possibly fit that bill with Windows 10?

Not unless HP have come up with a Windows Media Centre replacement and forgot to tell anyone

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Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform? It's an uphill battle, warns key partner

ksb1972

Nanosoft?

Perhaps Microsoft should have rebranded themselves Nanosoft when microprocessor manufacturing processes moved from micrometers to nanometers.

Too late now though, I suspect we might reach picometers in the next few years. I suppose they could call themselves Picosoft. If they're still around.

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Have Microsoft-hosted email? Love using Live Mail 2012? Bad news

ksb1972

Re: Modern synchronization technologies?

Exchange?

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Jaron Lanier: Big Tech is worse than Big Oil

ksb1972

Re: Employment: well, yes and no.

Automation usually means fewer people not no people.

Fewer people working still means more unemployment = civil unrest and other social ills. Not unless we come up with a way to feed and house the masses without them having to work.

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Romanian ATM hacker exploits vulnerability in FENCE, escapes jail

ksb1972

Really?

"There is little preventing the self-deleting malware from being used in other countries, experts say"

Really? U guess we're all f*cked then!

I would have thought keeping the ATMs secure from physical tampering would perhaps help.

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Flash flushed as Google orders almost all ads to adopt HTML5

ksb1972

The root of the problem?

Flash and Windows 10 have that same feel:

Buggy, inefficient and incomplete.

The results of putting the job in the hands of cheap, inexperienced and unlearned coders and project managers.

All led by middle management woefully inept at setting direction and without a clear strategic vision of what the finished product should look like

and how it needs to integrate into the environment in which it will be used.

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

ksb1972

Re: Oh, for a sensible cable...

"How on earth does ANYTHING with a USA mains plug (only, not interchangeable like some clever travel PSUs) get a CE mark, even if it internally can work on UK electricity?"

Probably because in this instance the manufacturer (Chinese no doubt) thinks CE stands for Chinese Export and has probably never heard of Conformité Européenne or chooses to ignore it?

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Intel and Micron's XPoint: Is it PCM? We think it is

ksb1972

Trade secrets perhaps?

Why share hints/tips/pointers with your competitors and let them catch up/overtake you quicker?

Which multi $billion corporation wouldn't want to keep a sharp eye on the competition? Especially when it announces The Next Best Thing since sliced bread?

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AMD accuses Intel of VW-like results fudging

ksb1972

Re: It's not just AMD saying there's a problem.

Having never really programmed for Windows (unless you count a bit of VBA or a smallish ASP.net VB app), I thought most people used something like Visual Studio to write Windows programs?

And if so, does Intel submit compiler 'modules' or plug-ins optimised for their own chips that something like VS would use?

If so, you can hardly blame Intel for not optimising their plug-ins for AMD chips! That's something AMD should be doing by submitting their own 'plug-ins'.

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Microsoft mandates browser-extension defence to malvertising

ksb1972

Re: Didn't understand a word of that

Personally I've never found the uninstall button for IE Add-Ons. Could someone be so kind as to point me in the right direction please?

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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

ksb1972

Who designed that font?

A small local firm I do tech support for forwarded me an email from their ISP late on Fri 27 Nov instructing them to update their router with new DSL sign-in details by Mon the 30th Nov "or it'll stop working".

So I go in near closing time on Saturday to minimise disruption just in case anything goes wrong. Put in the new details just to find the new credentials don't work. Try ringing the ISP only to find their support desk is shut until Mon.

So I ring them up 1st thing on Mon to have a moan. Luckily the guy's more awake than he was when he first sent the details out checks the login attempt log at his end and noticed after pasting the password into Notepad that the two characters in the middle should be lI and not 1I...

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At Microsoft 'unlimited cloud storage' really means one terabyte

ksb1972

Re: Bait and switch

I helped a poor witless individual get a 3 plan recently. It's unlimited data from her phone with a 4GB limit on tethered data.

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Exploit devs allegedly bag $1m for 'secret' iOS 9.1 untethered jailbreak

ksb1972

Re: Always has to be third party..

I doubt anyone will bother targeting Edge. Especially if it remains as unstable as it is right now. I tried using it yesterday. It vanished just as I was checking out online. No error messages, no warning. Just disappeared.just like that. I completed my online purchase in Firefox without a hitch.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

ksb1972

Re: a looming disaster

I tried hiding the Windows 10 update. It was only effective temporarily. After a reboot, it had unhidden itself.

Windows 10 is still an ugly mess. Shrinking the Windows 8 start screen down to give "the start menu back" doesn't hide the fact that half the OS is in Metro land (with all it's shortcut unfriendly mouse/touch only elements) and half are still under the traditional Windows UI.

And that's before we even get to the bugs still hanging around since Win8. I've lost count of the number of times I see a Win 8/10 machine bogged down for no good reason that only a reboot clears.

And no one's mentioned how many times oem's have had to make updated drivers available in the last 6 years. I count 5. Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win8.1 Update & now Win10. Add on 32 & 64 bit variants and it's little wonder so many machines have so many devices that don't work post "upgrade" to Win10. Or worse - crash with Blue Screens.

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Re: a looming disaster

Oh, there are all sorts of basic settings that don't carry over post upgrade.

I normally move Public folders off the SSD OS drive to a mechanical drive. Post "upgrade" to Win10, they're back on C:

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Freesat BBC iPlayer beta gets red button access

ksb1972

Freesat BBC iPlayer beta gets red button access

Actually the "Sat" has already been cut out all together. Media Centre on Windows 7 already includes something called "Sky Player" which (for an extortionate) subscription (surprise surprise) lets you watch Sky content "On-Demand". http://skyplayer.sky.com/watch/windows-media-center/

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