Re: Aren't these called Starburst nowadays?
...Only by Merkins & the very young... and don't even mention Sni... er, Marathons...
519 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010
...Only by Merkins & the very young... and don't even mention Sni... er, Marathons...
Ty for the choking fit
Hmm. Pokki sucks the big one. It's almost malware in its tenacity to cling to your system, and in my book any software that positively begs you not to dislodge it by definition requires the bin.
I tried startisback once, but it blew chunks.
I'm an ex-Start8 user who switched to ClassicShell as soon as they fixed some initial drag-n-drop issues with it. Bloody brilliant, I put it on all my clients' W8 (& now W10) machines. They love it. Not surprisingly...
...Interesting use of 'claim'. AGF, anyone? :)
...Odd response, that. Shouldn't you really have avoided personal liability? Why deliberately invite potential problems? But yes, I have read pretty much every piece of news about this including - as I believe I mentioned - scrutinising all the available WP 'evidence' first-hand.
For many years I've had a keen personal interest in various examples of alleged WP misbehaviour, which I've often followed closely in n attempt to gain insights into why people do these sorts of things - aside from the obvious such as massaging a BLP article, and so forth. At first this simply seemed another such example. And, rather than blindly fall victim to biased news coverage, I went directly to the source, spending many interesting hours reading through the DIFFs and talk page comments. Ultimately my opinion is only my opinion, but the 'evidence' that I saw certainly seems to correlate largely with the opinions expressed by the Guardian.
I think what I'm getting at here is Mr O's ongoing anti-WP stance as much as anything. I went to great pains in my previous post to point out my own political ambivalence, but this would appear to be the latest in a string of fairly anti-WP articles by the same author, and this intrigues me.
WP has its flaws, and it's certainly very far from perfect, but there's really very little to dispute in this particular case. Politicians of every colour have been caught wiki-cooking during the run up to the last election, but this bozo takes the biscuit. Caught with his fingers in the figurative till, rather than gracefully admitting defeat, or just abandoning his alleged sockpuppet persona, he hung on for grim life in the face of ever-increasing evidence of his alleged activities.
I've followed this closely for months, and read all of the WP talk threads involved. Not because I have a political axe to grind; I couldn't give a monkey if this guy was Conservative, Labour or Lib Dem - but because this twerp has been disingenuous to a fault throughout the whole sorry mess. That's what annoys me.
I understand where you're coming from, but most good first-person SF 'magically' has a highly literate prose style that evokes a sense of awesome. See RAH, Chris Priest, Ursula Le Guin etc. Sadly, clumsy prose doesn't come across as more realistic; it just feels clumsy.
It may be so, but I couldn't get past the awful, stilted prose. Robert Silverberg this just ain't. Had real high hopes when I bought this but I couldn't get past the tenth page. I so badly wanted to forget my snobbery and just enjoy it but dammit literate science fiction is my particular thang, and this just didn't cut it for me.
Icon because I am aware I'm coming over like an enraged (deranged?) Eng Lit prof.
I had to read that twice, after visions of the Google car extruding a robotic arm, reaching in to the other car's cabin and switching the ignition off.
Please could our UK site use UK terms in future?
What the hell are you smoking, my man??
Do you not realise that a reasonably normal household containing yucky teenagers will absolutely bring your 7mb line to its knees? Minecraft, WoW, CoD, TeamSpeak, you name it. And that's before the porn! Hell, it's even before everyone else in the house's porn...
I'm apparently rare in that I actually get >90% of whatever package I am on from my ISP. But I use Entanet who buy from BT Wholesale. Example: I was on good old 8mb, of which I got between 7.5 - 8mb, but it wasn't quite fast enough for my, erm, needs so I got FTTC and now get between 18 - 20mb.
Nuthin to say about the story - but the headline is one of your best yet!
How is it not Virgin's responsibility? It's a business model beloved in these latter days of deregulation / unbundling, and it's called 'taking the utter piss'. Furthermore, do you not have older / elderly parents who come from an era where BT was the only game in town, and from whom you rented a line / handset for life? If not, can't you at least empathise with those of us who do, and who have to pitch in and sort out utter disgraces like this on a regular basis?
Cool! How long have you been emitting RF in the 430mHz band? I'm sure there's a scalpel-wielding boffin or two just itching to have a 'chat' with someone like you...
It is a nice Ultrabook. Well, the Surface Pro is, and your rant seems aimed at all Surfaces, so I call BS on this particular comment. Plus, I use mine on my lap quite happily & its only a gen 1 Pro and therefore only has one stand position. So sorry, I call uninformed FUD on this entire post.
Hmm. I'm using mine here (Surface Pro Mk 1) and it's my main desktop work PC these days, after I was bowled over by its performance (Core i5). I have a 4-way USB 3 hub plugged in the side socket, and a DisplayPort adapter connects to my 27" HDMI monitor. I use the Type cover and a Logitech mouse, and a USB-to-gigabit-Ethernet adapter plugged into the hub feeds it the interwebs. I just need to unplug two cables to pick it up and walk away with it.
As for all your other comments about getting 'real work' done, any x86-based Windows tablet of sufficient speed makes a perfect miniature Windows 8 workhorse, with a copy of ClassicShell installed. What they aren't so good at is being a tablet, but this form factor has been around long enough that there really shouldn't be any confusion or feelings of 'it doesn't do what I wanted' anymore.
Stopped reading at the first instance of KiB. And don't point me at Wikipedia, please. Just don't.
I read this and thought I had opened Ars by mistake...
Yah but that was hacked within weeks with a nice mod that returned the 'personalise' option to the desktop right-click context menu. I recall applying this to many a Win7 Starter netbook. And MS didn't fight back with a patch, afaik...
Interesting use of a hyphen there. Or were you referring to some kind of Einsteinian mass-to-energy conversion gizmo for use on the 6:35 to Victoria? I am intrigued.
<sigh> At the risk of sounding like an audiophile twat, do I really need to mention Nyquist here?
I think Gold was accessed via the Prestel viewdata system, could be wrong tho.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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?
...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.
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.
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.
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..
Fer cryin' out loud...
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.
Seriously? This, still?
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.
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?
Hey, DV away. My autistic son was pretty upset, though. But if that makes him and me pusworms, fair 'nuff I suppose.
Have a DV for that appallingly un-funny 'gag'.
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.
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).
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.
tl;dr (well, about half of it)
But have a DV for the horribly dated use of M$ throughout.
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.
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!