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.
495 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010
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!
Where's the obligatory Daniel Craig photo...?
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.
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.
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 ?"
Outrageously funny! Have an upvote from this Brit. Ehem - Englishman.
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)
Do it in the HOSTS file, it's cleaner, more foolproof and you don't need bloaty BHOs installed on every browser you use.
*That's pants to you Americans
FTFY. This is an English website FFS! Well, British, anyway.
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.
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)?
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...
I am generally against illegal activity, but quoting these famous astroturfers so much kind of devalues what could be a powerful argument.
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?
Indeed. Which is why I buy Walkmen. Dedicated high fidelity audio circuitry and bundled earbuds that don't suck !!
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).
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.
...that Windows 8 tries to force you into making an entire online account just to log in...
You are joking, right?
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.
...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.
...Not to me - you just spelled 'router' phonetically, for some reason... not sure why!
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).
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...
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.
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!