* Posts by Blitterbug

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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 And 32bit is really outdated and mostly applies to relatively elderly Vista PCs nowadays.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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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Re: "That's pure opinion, conjecture... "

I truly despair of humanity ever dragging itself fully out of the Middle Ages. It's not just the clinging to medieval superstitions, but the sheer bloody-minded and wholly deliberate disconnect from all forms of logic and the scientific process.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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"Power buttons are easy to find, they are on the front panel of the PC"

Normally I'd agree with you - I always use the power button.

But... Ever since Vista, the power button defaults to 'sleep', because the failed promise to boot faster than XP failed so miserably that they had to cheat. For the past seven years or so, one of the first hacks I have to do to any new laptop is go to the Power applet and restore the power button's correct behaviour. Because a well-sorted lappie should boot in ~60 secs with all add-ins (Skype, et al).

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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Re: But, but, but...

Fascinating. Anyone noticed that doing a 'driveby' unblurs it? Should I be so minded I could film my monitor, then frame step through the results.

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Speed of light slower than we thought? Probably not

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Re: The map is not the territory

Thumbs up for the Van Vogt / Korzybski reference.

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Google's URL-hiding 'origin chip' is 'backburnered'

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Re: I just can't see a single disadvantage...

@ Mr 142,

Is that sarcasm? If so, perhaps it's a tad misplaced.

I was recently emailed by a client who was phished by an Apple ID scammer whose link *looked* as if it was to apple.com, except it was actually to a uk car dealership when examined carefully. I emailed the car dealership to let 'em know their site's hosting crapware, but the point is this feature would simply have shown the car dealership main URL, revealing the scam in all it's glory.

We have a huge problem here and most phishing redirects to a totally different domain, not a hijacked area of the genuine domain.

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Evernote taken out by DDoS attack

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Re: I so want to care

...Me too. Stopped using the bloody thing when it adopted data-stealing T&Cs.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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Re: 30% of humans? I think that's pushing it.

Perhaps we need an 'advanced' Turing Test, judged solely by IT types. Seriously. As has been said here several times, this was a really dreadful Eliza hash without anything to show the improvements that have been made in AI in the 30-odd years since that program was being bashed into every home computer on the planet.

If it can fool > 30% of developers, I'll definitely sit up and take note.

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FIGHT! Intel disputes ARM's claims of Android superiority

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Re: ...in particular do not compare x86 vs ARM ...

THANK you, AC. I was going to post the exact same comment. Hard to benchmark like-for-like across two different machines but this is surely the meat-and-potatoes of what ARM are banging on about - native ARM vs translated ARM.

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First iOS, now Android to get fondleslab Office ahead of Windows

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Re: Because nobody owns a Windows tab!

Funny comment - but naughty. I love my Surface Pro (got it a bit reduced when the Pro 2 came out). Dumped Metro, obviously, but could really do with a touchy-feelie Office. Sadly though, it'll be the 365 rental model when it arrives. <sigh>

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AMD tops processor evolution with new mobile Kaveri chippery

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Re: Dude, you are so full of it, it is not even funny

@ Mr Hand,

Well, tbh I did say 'I don't know why' - I simply pointed out that - for whatever reason - modern AMD consumer PCs perform atrociously. I'm gladdened to hear your assessment that you believe they are hamstrung from the outset - this was a partial conclusion of mine too, as it seems AMD is seen as the 'budget' choice - so let's bung loads of shite hardware in there.

As I say, I am an AMD fan who is sad that AMD-centred systems are outperformed so readily. I'm perfectly willing to believe they are being unfairly knobbled.

PS - interesting to get so many DVs. I kind of expected them, but surprising anyhow.

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Re: Dude, you are so full of it, it is not even funny

Well, Mr Hand, your own empirical server-based evidence aside, I'm an ex-AMD fanboi who regularly chucked Intel's finest in the bin and replaced them with shiny new K5 & K6 parts. It was AMD or nothing. Simple as. But when the first Core pieces rolled out from Intel, around eight or so years back I guess, I began to notice disappointing desktop performance against the various comparable Athlons of the day. I put this down to bad chipset selection, as in cheapie laptop designs (Yes Packard-Bell, hang your head).

Over time my observations and suspicions crystallised into a definite recognition that these new Core thingies were blinding. In the many years since crappy Prescott bit the dust, I have not had a single AMD-powered desktop or laptop that can match Intel's newer chippery, in comparable situations (by price point or CPU speed). And please, remember I came to this position from one of disbelief that my favoured champion had seemingly slipped so far.

This still holds true today; when asked to come on-site to assist with sluggish desktops or laptops, I almost groan aloud when I see the now-dreaded AMD sticker on the front. I know before starting that I can get the performance so good and no better. I have no idea why this is. It is simply the experience of many hundreds of different machines over about an eight-year period.

I am, in truth, saddened by this. I like the underdog to succeed. But I do hope I'm not called out as also being 'full of it'!

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Re: Tim may want to thread more carefully.

Don't be dissin' on his sewing skills. That's just mean.

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