* Posts by Blitterbug

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How a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law

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Re: my memory is that it was a BT Telecom Gold account that was hacked, not Prestel

I think Gold was accessed via the Prestel viewdata system, could be wrong tho.

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Re: just coz someone happened to fall out of a certain cunt...

Awesome.

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Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari EXPLOITED to OWN Mac, PCs at Pwn2Own 2015

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Re: Ah, comprehensive reading. My son needed help with that too at some point ...

Wow, AC - and I actually took the time and care to avoid sounding snarky. Ah well... Would have been more of a zinger, though, if you had actually read the article, don't you think?

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Dare I say it...

Lordy, will I get DVd for this... but I hope this will at least open some people's eyes to the very real possibility of remote Mac pwnage that doesn't involve stupid user error.

I say this in the spirit of concerned citizenry rather than as a 'nyer nyer' at OSX, I might add.

For the record, I am a Windows user and I acknowledge that most of the reported pwnage occurred, as usual, on Windows.

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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Re: You'd be surprised, I certainly was

I really do hope so, Pawl. It's just that the icon sets for pre-release builds of earlier Windows normally had the icons locked down pretty early. You mentioned Windows 95 - well, my Beta of 95 was 95% the same, graphically, as the boxed retail copy. And the icons were 100% identical IIRC.

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Re: Wow, people really care about icons huh?

Dude, I don't wanna go all ad hominem on yo' ass but seriously, why would you not understand that for many people, an elegant desktop is not an unreasonable 'ask'? Because we could, you know, have just stayed with the Windows 1, 2 or 3 gui as long as the functionality is there. Better yet, lets go back to greyscale!

I get where you are coming from but earlier I said I don't want wanky art. I just want good design. Don't forget, the pixel pushers at MS, Apple, Giggle et al are paid a phenomenal salary to come up with these designs. Which is partly why I'm so angry!

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Re: What looks really cool on your 28" 4k screen may be illegible on a mobile

First up, how many phones are going to need a My Computer, Control Panel and general Folder icons? Secondly, 4k screen? I should be so lucky! This crud just plain looks bad on anything.

Someone else mentioned the possibility of a plain icon set to reduce CPU load and therefore display more quickly? Sadly not so. Graphics are all 32 bit these days and any image is going to take the same amount of GPU grunt to render, regardless of how plain and crappy it looks. Unless one believes that they're going to do a version of Windows 10 that drops into 4-bit 16 colours so we can resurrect 486SX systems kitted out with 4MB?

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Re: Somethings need stomping on fast

You are Shirley right about that. I see yet another big payday for Stardock Corp in MS's future, as people head over in droves to pick up a copy of Object Desktop for no other reason than to bring back some decent fucking icons.

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Re: Looks f-ing awful

Yes. This exactly.

I Guggled some pics of the new 'icons' for a laugh and to show a few friends how bad they are. This stupid backlash against so-called skuomorphism has our best designers leaping over each other to eradicate anything the least bit nice-looking and replace it with crappy four-colour parallelograms with no perspective correction. Take the new icon for My Computer. Because it's not corrected for perspective, our eyes see the monitor part of it as a wedge, because the 'far' edge it the same fucking height in pixels as the nearest.

Look, I'm not gung-ho for a GUI dripping in wankish arty crap but are we paying through the nose for increasingly more powerful GPUs so we can sit in front of this?

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Re: No, I didn't catch the documentary. One of these days...

...you really should. It's informative and pretty essential viewing for anyone who reckons themselves a bit of a font head. It also (IIRC) has a few talking heads who hate Helvetica, for balance.

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Re: loads of ads for the "exciting new features"

Actually only XP & Vista had a nasty 'Welcome' screen. You can't in all fairness call the rolling info displayed during initial commissioning of Win 7 & 8 'Ads'. Vista's was much nastier, it was an actual program that ran every time until you unticked an option. XP's horrible thing just needs completing once in non-graphical mode and then its gone forever too.

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Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

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Re: You have the chance to opt out

Sorry, I call utter bollox on this. As has been claimed repeatedly by people who aren't noobish twats, this fucking miner sometimes installs silently, whether its supposed to or not. It did it on my new PC and I specifically declined the offers during install.

Blame me for being fuckwitted enough to use uTorrent by all means, but don't stick to the tired bullshit of 'user error' on this bundled crapware. I only spotted it cos my antivirus (360 internet security from Qihoo) screamed about it almost immediately, which was awesome.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: My websites all now warn visitors ...

That was so dunderheaded and downright inflammatory I feel justified in replying, "well in that case I will do all that is humanly possible to avoid any of 'em". I only wish Lazarus Long was still around to furnish me with something more suitably acerbic..

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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Re: ...it was a deliberate way MS Windows is designed

Fer cryin' out loud...

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Lenovo to customers: We only just found out about this Superfish vuln – remove it NOW

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Re: a "system refresh" should give you a clean install - sans crapware

Mmm... not in my experience, sadly. Plus good luck with F8-ing Win8 while booting. I believe that's disabled by default, which is why I carry around a 16GB Win8 recovery USB I made from my own laptop for dealing with nerfed systems. All the crap always seems to come back, but at least the recovery USB has always worked, on any make and model of Win8 machine.

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Re: WindblowZE

Seriously? This, still?

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

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Re:I've tried quite hard over the years to find redeeming features in the second film ...

Largely agree with your awesome rant. However, the absolute standout for me is the whole freeway fight scene. Watch it from start to end; it's outrageous in its scope, devastatingly clever and beautifully choreographed. It still makes my jaw drop a little.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Re: HTF the average user...

Don't be difficult. You should know perfectly well that the main consumer version of WinV / Win7 is Home Premium. The only possibility of coming a cropper when re-installing an OS is getting confused between 32 vs 64 bit. And 32bit is really outdated and mostly applies to relatively elderly Vista PCs nowadays. Plus, your 'average user' is not about to attempt an OS re-install now, are they?

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

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Re: 'irredeemably autistic'

Hey, DV away. My autistic son was pretty upset, though. But if that makes him and me pusworms, fair 'nuff I suppose.

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'irredeemably autistic'

Have a DV for that appallingly un-funny 'gag'.

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Avast there: MEELLIONS of Androiders scuttled by 'adware' game app

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Re: Where are the good quality FOSS applications...?

There's loads of great free and totally safe stuff to be had from the Play store. Click on the Install button, check the permissions; if it says anything other than 'No special permissions', cancel operation. I've ended up with some real gems by sticking to this mantra; no matter how tempted I am by a game's shinyness, if it requires internet access and more, it gets shown the door.

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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Not surprised

They will deny the sun rises in the east. After losing so many customer calls due to almost non-existent coverage in an area shown as 'covered' on their map, I threw my phone in a skip and got a PAYG jobbie from a different carrier. On the day my contract expired I phoned to cancel, and got in to an argument with the most arrogant retention guy I've ever dealt with (I think over the fact that I get 4 bars from a rival carrier who O2 refuse to share a mast with).

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Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year

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Re: cluster fuck of a "Ribbon" UI

Calm down! If genuine Office is your bag, grab a copy of Office 2003 Pro and download the Office 2007 compatibility kit. If not, use LibreOffice or OpenOffice.

I enjoyed the rant, though I quite like the ribbon these days - and I was an ardent hater. For years. But something happened between Office 2007 and Office 2010 that made the newer Word much more usable - I'm guessing better quality telemetry, or better telemetry parsing. Certainly, whenever I'm forced to use Word 2007 my heart still sinks.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: that was how Micro$oft spun it to me...

tl;dr (well, about half of it)

But have a DV for the horribly dated use of M$ throughout.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: Hmm, I wonder how well this would cope with...

Exactly. It's still utter rubbish until a comparison is made against permitted path strings. Some detailed logic is needed, not some numbnuts single-line comparison operation.

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Q*bert: The Escher-inspired platform puzzler from 1982

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He reflowed sudder along the connections?

Did I hear that right? Or was it 'Sodder'? I can't tell due to the accent, but I must confess I've never personally 'suddered' any circuitry - I'm not sure what would happen!

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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Re: Evil layer cake

Where's the obligatory Daniel Craig photo...?

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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Re: That comment was lucid and understandable

If memory serves, amanfrommars' syntax and grammar have always been utterly impeccable. It's the semantics that cause me the headaches... almost as if a grammarian's pet ELISA project has been let loose on El Reg.

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Apple WINS iPod antitrust fight, jury nixes BILLION-dollar payout bid

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So let me get this straight...

Disclaimer: I own and like various Apple products.

But the 'smoking gun' email from Jobs stating flatly that Apple must find a way to crush any attempt to sync legally purchased music from other vendors (Specifically Real Networks) was just ignored?

I'm serious here; I just don't understand.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Re: we score four out of the naughty list!

Think of the children! Even mentioning these filthy, filthy things here, where innocent kiddies might stumble on them is too horrid to contemplate.

"Mummy, what's fisting ?"

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Bloke, 36, in the cooler for leaking ex's topless pics on Facebook

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Re: Personally, I blame the Brits

Outrageously funny! Have an upvote from this Brit. Ehem - Englishman.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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Re: Antivirus? Trusteer Rapport?

Both. Hideous performance on client browsers (Chrome and IE) often down to Norton / Avast toolbar and / or Trusteer Crapport. I always ditch them, then no worries. As regards ad-heavy sites, I often employ various popular HOSTS builds (to avoid malware rather than ads), but boy does it improve performance better than ad-blocking BHOs (apologies - kind of said something similar elsewhere today but it's relevant to the topic)

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Syrian Electronic Army in news site 'hack' POP-UP MAYHEM

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Adblocks......they're a security measure...

Do it in the HOSTS file, it's cleaner, more foolproof and you don't need bloaty BHOs installed on every browser you use.

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Man, that iPhone 6 Plus won't fit in my pocket. Oh, here's a mobe store that'll resize my jeans

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...adjust customers' trousers* to fit the large handset

*That's pants to you Americans

FTFY. This is an English website FFS! Well, British, anyway.

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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

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Re: ...You obviously haven't used one, then

I *have* a Surface Pro. And it's very nice, thank you. Bought it in PC World on the cheap just after the next model was released. Cost around £600. It's flikking fast. I don't use it as a tablet, but boy is it fast to plonk on a client's table, drop the keyboard cover down and switch on.

Oh, and I despise Win8. I use ClassicShell / Start8 on all my Win8 thingies. So they look and feel pretty much like Win7 when fired up. So far I haven't yet met anyone who isn't impressed with my Surface. Truthfully.

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No tiles, no NAP – next Windows for data centre looks promising

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Surprised at El Reg

Like others here this article raised my eyebrows somewhat. Windows Defender doesn't have the best reputation, indeed. Does the author even know the difference between Win8 / Win10 Defender and the extremely well-regarded Microsoft Security Essentials (clue: none)?

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: A suggestion for MS

Jeffy,

I've been buying genuine W7 packages complete with CoA machine stickers online (Amazon, wyb!) which I think originates from a German seller. Not been a problem for me...

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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

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Well-known astroturfing group

I am generally against illegal activity, but quoting these famous astroturfers so much kind of devalues what could be a powerful argument.

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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Re: ...keys or coins in the same pocket...

I'm sorry - what?? I got DVd into obscurity the last time I asked this on a forum, but I can't resist: Who the feck would treat a quarter to half a grand of cutting edge technology like this? Over ten years ago I looked with horror at a friend's expensive hard-disk iPod that was so battle scarred you could barely read the screen. To him, it was just a 'thing' you carry in your pocket, whereas I tend to class these things in the same category as any other valuables, like, say, similarly priced watches - as 'valuables'!

So yes, I use nice leather cases for my portable audio and mobiles. And they may 'spoil' the uber-thinness. And so fecking what? In five years' time there will not be a blemish on them. OCD? Possibly. Again - so what?

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: I don't think the iPod was ever regarded as having decent "acoustics"?

Indeed. Which is why I buy Walkmen. Dedicated high fidelity audio circuitry and bundled earbuds that don't suck !!

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Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

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Re: if you can see past your own biases and desires, that is...

Wow, Trevor - touchy! Passive-aggressiveness (actually more aggressive than passive) is a reasonable indicator of 'Chip on the Shoulder' syndrome. But about what, I'm wondering? I honestly can't quite tell if you're pro-Apple here; your polemic was pretty wonky, and all I could be sure of was that the fairly humourous comment to which you responded seemed to touch a nerve. I'm not sure how or why. I do know that I certainly can't be arsed to use Google Scholar to ponce up my phraseology, though. Incidentally I have no opinion nor bias either way (whatever 'ways' these may or may not be).

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

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Re: You don't see people whining...

I was referring to his assertion that people don't moan about it...! Half the posts about 8.1 (including mine) moan incessantly about the removal of the ability to create an offline account when setting up a new PC.

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Re: You don't see people whining...

...that Windows 8 tries to force you into making an entire online account just to log in...

You are joking, right?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Re: Fed up with charging my Mk1 every night

Me too. I got rather more iPad-ish battery life out of it by crippling some of the more annoying spoogeware, and going into advanced Wifi settings to switch of Wifi when asleep. Massive battery boost - 3-4 days between charges now, with moderate use (even films) at the loss of live notifications. Luckily my appointments still chime at me though...

Edited to add that the battery is not apparently failing so a replacement, as has been suggested elsewhere, will not do very much. What *did* kill it was the last OTA update, which ladled so much google crapware that the battery life went straight down the crapper. Hence the un-installing / crippling of most of it.

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Microsoft fixes all those shaky GoPro vids nobody wants to watch

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Wow!

...about sums it up.

"...working to bring Hyperlapse into a Windows app some time soon"... Almost makes apps in Windows desirable. Ech - forget I said that! It was just a momentary lapse, honest, guv.

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How long is too long to wait for a security fix?

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Re: yeah I called em rooters, sounds funny

...Not to me - you just spelled 'router' phonetically, for some reason... not sure why!

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August Patch Tuesday to bring Windows bug fixes AND FEATURES – report

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Re: My brief experience with Start8...

For a long while it was the best of the two, as ClassicShell didn't emulate all behaviours of the Win7 start menu correctly. But it's since caught up and I am gradually moving away from Start8. Which is good, 'cos you only get a few installs before you have to buy it again (using a different email account, buggeringly).

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Time to ditch Start8?

Would be nice, finally, to use the native OS functionality of my Surface Pro... but then I look at the fugly blocky mess on the right-hand side of the proposed new-fangled start menu (where the User folders should be), and realise it's a vain, vain hope hope indeed...

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Re: Disabling it has fixed the problem, so yes, its play services...

Indeed it is. Can confirm same on my 2012 Nexus 7, 2013 (I think) Galaxy Tab 3 10", and my new Xperia Z-1 tablet. I have to go in and disable all the Play apps (which I never use, so no issue there) and G+ just for luck. Battery life quickly returns to something respectable.

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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Re: If you don't like it change it!

Not as simple as that.

Try right-dragging an icon from the start screen onto the desktop, as you can with the start menu. Oops - you can't.

Remember, many people like their fave icons on the desktop and not bloody pinned to the taskbar, which eats into the available space for running app icons!

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