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Blitterbug
Unhappy

Where's my vulture?

I seem to have lost my bronze badge thingy - any reason for this?

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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

Blitterbug
Unhappy

Re: You're somewhat missing the point

Incidentally what's happened to me little bronze vulture? <puzzled>

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Blitterbug
Unhappy

Re: You're somewhat missing the point

Not so sure he is. The thing just was plain borked, from what I read (and I was keen on it as a corporate solution until I finishing the article).

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Win XP security deadline: Biz bods MUST protect user data – ICO

Blitterbug
Happy

Re: Do you actually read the posts you're replying to?

Sometimes, Joe. Sometimes...

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Blitterbug
Meh

Re: Yeah, and we all fell for that ridiculous panic that immediately after 31 December 1999

Ok, I'll bite. Off-topic, but the reason for the Y2K 'fail' is that around the world cohorts of system developers were dragged off current projects to revisit all extant source code and prune it religiously for problematic date handling. At Logica & CMG, for example, hundreds of man-hours were spent on this process. I personally was pulled off all current work to join in the effort to fix and re-distribute patched software to various blue-chip clients including banks & utilities.

So the reason for the anticlimactic 'fizzle', I like to think, is that a shit-ton of preventative work was successfully implemented.

Roll on the downvotes, I guess, from the unbelievers!

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Blitterbug
Headmaster

Re: See - that's fine. That's a constructive, supportable criticism

Ok, try these:

1. Try right-dragging your favourite icons from the start menu (sorry - start screen) to the desktop, so the user has a small selection of what they want (IE / Chrome / FF, Word, Excel, Outlook, VS). Can't be done. Please don't suggest an elderly user 'shakes things up' and learns to dive in and out of metro each time they want to run something. They don't have many years left to learn trendy new things and these sorts of changes *scare* them.

2. An elderly user wants to read a PDF they downloaded, but finds after double-clicking and reading it in the (quite nice) Metro app, that they now seem to be lost in a world of rectangles (I deal with this one a *lot*, it is not hypothetical). Now try and guide a vulnerable old boy over the phone through changing the default app that launches PDFs back to Adobe Reader, so that after reading their downloaded printer manual they stay in familiar desktop territory.

Many, many more situations like this I deal with *every* day. I have bought several Start8 licenses, using a number of email addresses, and I donate the installs to my customers. It's to date the *only* way I can mitigate the stress amongst my user base.

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Blitterbug
Unhappy

Re: It's called soap...

Hah. Good one. Problem is, I keep an alcohol gel dispenser on my desk for this purpose and use regularly before handling fondly-slabby things. It helps, yes, but only for about 30 seconds. Sadly, us meat-bags seem to have annoying things called sweat glands in our fingertips.

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Blitterbug
Headmaster

I can count the people I know with a desktop PC on one thumb...

Then you're out of touch, Mr Rimmer. As a travelling contractor, I'd say at a rough count that 60% of my customers have a desktop or all-in-one as their prime computer, even if they have one or several laptops and tablets in the home. Why? Well, a lot of it seems to come down to age. Older people tend to prefer a more formal seating arrangement, with a desk, nice big screen, etc. And though laptops do feature as the main PC in a lot of homes I visit, it's not nearly as often as desktops or all-in-ones.

Sure, I'd agree that the market is moving away from desktops, but now that they offer respectable power, all-in-ones are taking up the slack for those who like a more formal office-like environment.

Don't forget that lappies really don't like being used on the mains 24/7, unless you like your li-ion crystallised, and many people know this. Having said that there's nothing wrong keeping one plugged in all the time. Just don't expect to be able to bring it on holiday with you...

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Bletchley Park board member quits amid TNMOC split-off spat

Blitterbug
Facepalm

Re: hit you in the ass...

@boltar

...precisely. Did you not get my (admittedly dumb) little dig?

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Blitterbug
WTF?

Re: hit you in the ass...

Conjoined donkey syndrome? <puzzled>

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Sysadmins and devs: Do these job descriptions make any sense?

Blitterbug
Facepalm

Utter Bollocks

...That is all

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

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Thumb Up

Ahhh...

...Good ol' Pusnet

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Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself

Blitterbug
Meh

Re: not one mandated maintenance of code comments

They were run by incompetents then.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

Blitterbug
Big Brother

Re: Translation:

Agree with the Orwellian (though rather obvious) comparisons being made in this thread. But what I want to know is: Who the fuck keeps DVing these perfectly reasonable expressions of disgust and outrage? I'm quite sure the culprits aren't about to provide any open support of this hideous behaviour in these forums - at least, not under their real handle - so I guess a sneaky DV for any 'subversive' comments is the only way they can safely suck up to our Lords and Masters.

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Dropbox erects sueball shield with new T&C and privacy legalese

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I'd like to see them try...

...and inforce those illegal T&Cs in the UK. Good grief. Thank Noodles we've got decent consumer / contract legislation here (if little else decent).

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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Facepalm

Re: "So they are living in sin so to speak..."

...just...wow...I give up.

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Blitterbug
Facepalm

Re: 'boy toy'?

Hell yes, you're going to get DVd, and rightly so, regardless of any part of your argument being logical.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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@Piro

Have a thumbs-up for excellent prose. 'Cleanse the palette...' indeed! However, I sooo want to DV you for the WiiU comments! I love the little black box full of Mario & Luigi goodness. I loved Mass Effect 3 on it, and Arkham City Armored Edition rocks (in unstrained full HD). I still play the console regularly and buy new games for it, it's hooked into my 1080p monitor with an HDMI switch box along with my main PC and PS4 and I flip between all three video sources every day. Just recently got the new Mario 3D land. Oh, and I run Wii mode quite a lot too. Love Mario Galaxy, NSMB, Mario Kart Wii & Wii Tennis, plus some lovely JRPGs like Pandora's Tower.

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Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

Blitterbug
Facepalm

Re: Well, I'm sure glad...

Sarcasm not really appropriate in this context, tbh.

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Blitterbug
Stop

Re: I struggle to see how Office could be useful on a tablet

Actually I have some disabled clients with highly limited mobility and manual dexterity, for whom a traditional PC is just not feasible. For the bedridden, a small tablet can be placed on a tilting overbed table, possibly with a bluetooth keyboard on the lap.

Why should people like this be denied access to full-fat word processing and accounting packages? My most recent setup was a Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.1 for a lady who writes plays and other creative writing; I chose this solution among other reasons 'cos it ships with a full office suite that supports .doc and .docx, plus a decent level of voice assist.

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Apple's nonexistent iWatch to bag $17.5 BEEELION in first year alone – analyst

Blitterbug
Happy

Re: Rolex Presidential or some other hideously ostentatious watch

... have to agree with you there...

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Blitterbug
Meh

Re: Mine's the one with a a reference 5712G-001 up the sleeve

Ok Mr Lewis,

a) I'm a *huge* watch and pocket-watch fancier, but from afar. I love Patek Philippe & their history, and regard it as the premier crafter of timepieces.

b) I could probably afford one.

c) I would *never* buy one. Perhaps my take on these things is all wrong, but items of loveliness as they may be, I would not even dare remove it from a vacuum chamber for a quick fondle, not to mention how pretentious I'd feel wearing one.

Make of that what you will, and label me appropriately as makes you feel best.

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Blitterbug
Facepalm

Re: Mine's the one with a a reference 5712G-001 up the sleeve

Dude, totally shot yourself down with that Patek Philippe reference.

NB: I love watches, but not watch snobbery (in either direction, eg won't be seen dead with one vs won't be seen dead without a £40,000 one)

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Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm

Blitterbug
Happy

Re: what do you mean by spoogeware???

Well, I'm glad to see you keep away from <ahem> certain websites that infest many (most?) of my clients' similarly locked-down browsers. Also, I believe I actually did name a few examples! Most of this crud gets on machines when people download trojan-riddled freeware, and / or respond to 'Your PC is running slowly - click here to fix!' stuff. And not all adblockers catch all of these.

I should point out also that my browsing is also like yours - spoogeware free, and I intend to keep it that way!

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Blitterbug
Pirate

I feel your pain, Hans

Having been down the same route. Now we live in a happy world where it really makes little difference which browser you use, and mainly comes down to personal taste. I mainly use Chrome, despite my Microsoft bent (hmm), due to its portability, and these days I tend to measure a browser's worth by how easy it is to dislodge spoogeware such as Inbox, Ask, Babylon, et al (hint - IE = easy peasy, Chrome = harder, FF = bloody difficult).

Downvotes ahoy, me hearties!

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

Blitterbug

Re: Sad, sad, sad.

I'm sure they are well aware too, but it doesn't hurt to register formal disapproval on their actual website

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Blitterbug
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Re: Sad, sad, sad.

Thanks, hooch. They have a 'Contact Us' link so I helpfully alerted them to the coming shitstorm caused by their crass behaviour, and included the URL of this article.

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

Blitterbug

Re: I'm waiting...

Completely agree

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Blitterbug
Facepalm

Re: I'm waiting...

Ad hominen much? But apparently it's me who's the nasty bully, not to mention a prejudiced abuser, for making a clearly marked trollfaced-icon gentle windup comment. Thanks, I treasure your warm sentiments from across the pond.

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Blitterbug
Trollface

I'm waiting...

...for our American friends to sound off on the evils of banging up bullies just for being vile and threatening personal harm. Countdown to some righteous 'First Amendment' shenanigans in roughly 5 hours time, when the east coast wakes up...

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Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!

Blitterbug
Boffin

When you consider...

...that by most medical standards the guy should have been Hawkin's Ghost decades ago, yet is still managing to contribute strongly in the field, one can only be in awe of the man. Einstein rattled around in Princeton for years trying in a similar vein to unify seemingly unreconcilable theories, without success. Our best and most agile thinking tends to get done in our third decade, sadly, but experience and wisdom still counts for a hell of a lot in later life.

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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

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@ AC top poster...

Wow. opensource? codes? Not sure I'd want you as a boss. And that's before we even consider the hideously slanted take on employment in the modern tech sphere.

Incidentally, as an 'employer', why the AC? Just asking. Normally the only legitimate reason for posting AC is genuine fear of reprisal. All other AC posts are simply afraid of the thumbs down button.

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Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like

Blitterbug
Mushroom

I particularly liked...

...the ad link beneath the article which said "The power of cloud"...

Icon 'cos closest match..

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Obama reveals tiny NSA reforms ... aka reforming your view of the NSA

Blitterbug
Facepalm

Re: most of Europe might be speaking German today...

Wow. You really seem to believe that, too.

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Ex-Oracle manager claims he was fired for asking to give Indian staff equal pay

Blitterbug
WTF?

Unbelievable

This isn't directly analogous to the Striesand Effect I know, but the outcome could well be very similar. I hope. They don't have a leg to stand on; this guy seems to have ticked all the constitutional boxes in his complaint and I don't see any wiggle room for Oracle, unless they try and leverage the L-1 visa issue. But even if they argue successfully that they can fire someone without notice due to their visa status, the whole sordid affair is now out in the open where it belongs.

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Remember when SimCity ABSOLUTELY HAD to be online? Not any more – fancy that!

Blitterbug
Happy

"They have had a gradual downturn in the number of players"

...not to mention those players, like me, who tried to play the game, couldn't, and shelved it permanently in disgust. However I'm more than happy to give it another go with this patch. Now I can finally enjoy it. 'Bout time!

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

Blitterbug
Unhappy

Re: I believe that he's probably jumped the shark on this one

My thoughts exactly. I'd really love it if MI5 were 'outed' as his evil executioners, but chances are he was so bitter at his treatment by those who should have lauded his achievements that he topped himself with a broken heart.

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How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report

Blitterbug
Happy

re: ragging on Yanks is a well-known Reg pass time

Think you mean passtime. But I digress; The Reg is a UK site so I s'pose you are largely right!

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Sony PS4 SHATTERS UK console sales SPEED RECORD

Blitterbug
Happy

Re: Because of a lack of availability

Hmm. Not so sure. I bought one on launch night at Bluewater. Just walked in off the street with no issues. Drove to Game at 12:45 on a whim, thinking I'd maybe miss the queue and possibly bag one just before they sold out. They seemed to have plenty, but then the fuckers were only offering two bundles to off-the-street plebs like me who dared dodge the pre-order / queue kerfuffle: £549 or £599. Both bundles were Killzone packs with included mandatory 12 months Playstation Plus subscription, two rubbish films, AC Black Flag (yum) and fucking Fifa (which I immediately traded in for £30 off Knack).

I saw no evidence of mass hysteria / sad empty-handed punters etc. Although a staff member slurping a Starbucks outside in the corridoor said when asked about the lack of any queue, "Oh yeah there was... you missed all the fun!". Well actually what I think I missed was all the pain...

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

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Re: This post will probably be sent to hell by the Apple Haters

Not by this one. Have an upvote. My issues are with the boneheads who posted facile twattery like 'hur hur why don't Apple just buy ARM and have done with it', or 'Apple saved ARM'. Take nearly all mobile phones from from the late 90s on, plus Android tablets, and every Nintendo handheld since the GBA to get just a small idea of how little ARM needs Apple.

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

Blitterbug
Facepalm

.Net applications the API's are fairly clean and fast...

Not enough facepalms available. You aren't actually a programmer, are you?

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Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching

Blitterbug
Unhappy

Re: PC games?

Have an upvote for 'Uglysoft', Mr Bones. Small anecdote: Bought Assassin's Creed II for PC a little while back as it was on offer. It refused to install without creating an Oooplay account. Created one through gritted teeth. Bastard still failed to let me play due to some fucking Oooplay error that I can't be bothered to remember.

I actually had to torrent a bloody crack for my legal game to play it. Seriously. And I don't really care who knows it, I'm still that steamed up.

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From Dept of REALLY? Sueball lobbed at Apple over crap iOS Maps app

Blitterbug
Meh

...other people probably should get lives before it is too late...

Really?? So those of us who like to use our iPhones as a satnav don't have a life? Okaaay... Friendly comment, that.

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How to relieve Microsoft's Surface RT piles problem

Blitterbug
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Re: 'it makes complete sense to ditch win32 altogether...'

I can only assume from this slightly deranged assertion that you're not a commercial programmer...

Without going into the boring detail, I'll just say: Because speed.

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

Blitterbug
Trollface

Cats = Fleas = cat turds on the lawn

Actually,

Fleas = dirty hovel + no flea collar / flea drops

Cat turds on neighbour's lawn 'cos cats aren't dumb or dirty :)

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

Blitterbug
Unhappy

Re: ...disqualify me from knowing what I'm talking about. OK,

...lighten up, Mr Success. No one said you didn't know your job. Don't let a bit of light joshing from a self-confessed grammar nazi and 'campaigner for plain English' penetrate your armour so easily...

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Blitterbug
Happy

Re: Use Case is a term of art in software engineering

No, it's not. It's jargon. Speaking as a software engineer of some 30 years vintage, only managers use phrases like this. It's hardcore buzzword bingo. You've been busted, me bucko!

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

Blitterbug
Facepalm

Re: I've yet to see anyone explain why a full-screen start screen is a bad idea...

>sigh<

Ok, try this. You've installed an application (note: proper desktop application, not Metro-crud-app-a-like). Lets say, Office 2010. It would be rather spiffing if an icon for Word or Outlook could be right-dragged from its home on the start menu to the desktop for instant access, without having to flip to a whole other screen first. Ok, no problem. Lets just... oh, wait...

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Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

Blitterbug
Go

Re: he does look a bit like Will Self in that photo...

... I thought he was Will Self

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