* Posts by Mint Sauce

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Microsoft issues first SharePoint 2016 preview

Mint Sauce
Childcatcher

Your life, as it has been, is over.

A new “cloud hybrid search” will permit users wielding “SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365 to retrieve unified search results through a combined search index in Office 365.”

Wow, sounds like they've done the impossible, and made finding stuff that's been borg'd into sharepoint even harder!

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

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Re: Not totally suprising

I wonder if Amazon treat their accountancy department the same way (which they should considering they've never turned a profit...).

No no no!.. the accountancy dept get paid huge bonuses every year. No profit = no corporation tax to pay!

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Parrot drone pwned (and possibly killed) with Wi-Fi log-in

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Re: Those of us who haven't "upgraded"

Hmm, you've clearly not used it. IMO Win8 is an improvement on 7 with the caveat that you need to spend an afternoon sorting out the start screen (uninstall the crApps, create logical groups for your daily driver software etc) and learning some keyboard shortcuts (irony!). Use is exclusively on a multi-monitor desktop machine, no touch screens. It handles multiple desktops better than Win7 too.

Now, I prefer it to the restricted Win7 start menu design. I realise I'm in a tiny minority here tho ;-)

I will move to Win10 soon at work so I can test out all our software with it, but it looks like they've adopted a 'worst of both worlds' approach to some of the UI :-(

I'm with you all the way on the 'flat design' shite though...

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Intel 80386 queen Renée James quits as chipmaker's president

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Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Glad to see an obDNA reference as the first comment, but my very first thought before coming here was...

"So long and thanks for all the chips"...

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‘Clandestines' prompt British border blockade in France

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TIL...

... that Britain HAS a National Barrier Asset!

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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

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Or do we now need an Emacs vs Cortana flame war?

I know right? Who needs Cortana when you've got ELIZA :-)

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Tough admin forces hacker to STRIP to PANTS, LEAP to his DEATH

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Re: World of Warcraft?

Indeed - all I could think was 'South Park' whilst reading this article :-)

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

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Re: What the hell is an Emjoi?

What the hell is an emoticon? Are they what we used to call 'smilies' back in my day??

[shambles off muttering about yoof of today, gopher and ncsa mosaic]

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Whither the PC? Mobes, slabs drive majority of traffic for top news sites

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Re: m.theregister.co.uk

Do I count as a mobile or desktop - beacuse I *always* use the m.theregister.co.uk site

<aol>Me too!</aol>

Still wish they had a proper feed of just 'latest article first' though.

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

Perhaps this really isn't the sort of place to claim that Vulcans had afterburners (ignoring flying testbed configurations), as half of us are anoraks who know better. I doubt the airframe would have been strong enough for 50% more thrust from the engines.

I sincerely hope that when XH558 finally runs out of engine cycles, the pilots on the final display are allowed to give it absolutely flat-sticks over the airfield as a final goodbye.

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

I think the same was said about the Vulcan as well.

Ah, but that beauty sometimes appears to hang in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

:-)

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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Someone needs to tell TV Licensing then, 'cos that's not what it says on their website.

IANAL but I believe the current interpretation of the legislation is such that although section 363 of the communications act (2003) states:

363 Licence required for use of TV receiver

(1) A television receiver must not be installed or used unless the installation and use of the receiver is authorised by a licence under this Part.

Elsewhere [in case law maybe??], 'a television receiver' is only defined as such if it is installed with the intention of receiving the live broadcast. If you've no intention of doing that then the requirement to have a licence does not exist.

Of course, if some MIBs from Crapita knock on your door, don't blame me ;-)

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Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

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Coat

Headline?

"Boozy beau's bedroom barney - she chomped chap's chap after laptop slap."

Work in progress ;)

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

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Re: Timezones

Ah yes I experienced that (Windows Phone 7.8). Had a long 'discussion' with a support droid over that one, and completely failed to make them understand why my appointments for 10am (say) should remain at 10am & that if you travelled through multiple time-zones on a business trip it would be a FuckingNightmare(tm).

Although in general I like windows phone, if v8 enforces the same behaviour, then I'm out.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Mavis Beacon

I wish I could upvote the article for mentioning good ole' Mavis. Hah, that takes me back :-)

Also, there was the 'Unix System' in Jurassic Park. I was working on SGI systems at the time and they included fsn (File System Navigator) as part of IRIX IIRC.

It was shit.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Pint

Buh...but...

..how many hours of 'Children in Need' would have to be broadcast to cover all the instances of people sitting in bathtubs of beans, where total beanage = 900 megatins.

For that matter, how many bathtubs would be required for said sit-a-thon (assuming UK spec tub and average BMI of occupant ;-)

Enquiring minds (well it is Friday...)

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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The only thing I'd really like to see is.....

A page somewhere which shows the stories ONLY in chronological order - most recent stories first. No 'most read' no 'featured' etc. Just every post to the site, newest first.

I usually use the mobile site as it's the closest to this, but I still have to scroll past the top stories, and also the list that follows often has old stories popping up amongst the newer ones...

#firstworldproblems ;-)

Other than that, no real probs with the new layout. If I can get used to Win8 I'm sure I can get used to this ;-)

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Process Explorer

It's only surprising to include a Microsoft tool until you realise that the whole sysinternals suite & Mark himself were borg'd by the Big M some while ago. The tools were developed externally to MS. And, indeed in my windows programming days I made extensive use of many of them and was very glad they existed, as there weren't many alternatives back then.

They were (and presumably still are) massive time-savers when developing software (that's what we did in the days before 'apps', kids! ;-)

<shuffles off to reminisce about DLL Hell to anyone who'll listen>

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Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins

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Unhappy

I seem to be the only person left...

.. who likes to have separate software for different jobs. I like my PDF's to open in the software of my choice, the same for documents, spreadsheets etc. I like to keep browser windows for browsing, and switch to other applications for other tasks.

I think I must be a dinosaur - hey ho!

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

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Windows

I still have...

...my copy of Programming Windows 3.1. The knowledge of how the internals of windows worked came in useful for many years afterwards even as things moved on to proper multi tasking, and wrappers, APIs and frameworks came to hide some of the more laborious parts of the code we had to write.

The Hungarian Notation comment above made me szChuckle too :-)

I still slip in to using it sometimes and people wonder why the variable names have all 'that crap' in front of them [myself included] ;-)

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

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More of this sort of thing

So what if it's 'just' running on DOSBox? W95 is older than he is and it's a bit of good old fashioned tinkering-for-the-hell-of-it fun.

Then again, I am [very] easily amused - as the other day I RDP'd into my windows 8 work machine from my nexus 7 and showed everyone how I'd got TIFKAM running on Android ;-)

Hey ho!

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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More importantly...

... will they be installing beer hydrants at regular intervals along the pipeline? And will a standard fire hydrant key & stand pipe fit them?

Hic...

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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Happy

Laser display screen

Samantha has to nip out now to spend time with her new gentleman friend. They're going on a driving tour of Wales. She says he's looking forward to showing her Cardiff and Cardigan Bay, before going on to Bangor in the back of his van.

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Amazon to dig DEEPER into YOUR shopping habit BRAIN with targeted ads system

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Hope it's more intelligent than their current recommendation system. "Hey! You bought a toaster! Here are 57 more toasters that you might be interested in!"

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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Stop

Re: I cannot upgrade

Likewise. At work I am running Windows 8, which only supports, er, IE10. You need 8.1 to run IE11, and the upgrade is not [currently] available to me. My win 7 machine at home runs IE11 perfectly fine of course. Way to go, Microsoft!

Firefox is my usual browser of choice but I still use IE for a few work related sites

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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US Immigration

Heh, that's just reminded me of my first trip to 'murrica in the 90's - the Polish stamps in my [UK] passport gave them some cause for concern. I think they must have looked 'a bit commie'. Luckily I'd ticked the box to say I wasn't a turrrrist, so was let in ;-)

LPT: In answer to the 'where are you staying' question, it is not advisable to tiredly say 'how the fsck should I know? I've only just arrived'... :)

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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Re: I object

He was awesome at forward rolls in TJ Hooker :-)

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Another vote for the 'scarecrow'

Tired of cleaning cat crap out of the garden so have recently installed one and it works very well. Don't bother with the cheaper options!

I've also been planning some kind over over the top arduino / pi-powered system to possibly provide tracking fire as the scarecrow lays down suppression. Automatic tweeting of the video clips might be an option too ;-)

I am also liking the raw power involved in the aussie vid :D

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Freeze, Glasshole! Stop spying on me at the ATM

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Devil

"We designed Glass with privacy in mind"

Oh, that's all ok then..

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Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

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Joke

Niche

I'm happy in the knowledge that my work PC is immune to viruses because it runs the niche Windows 8 OS - it's not worth anyone's time to target such a little used system with malware...

:-)

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Samsung will ... sigh ... appeal $119m Apple patent verdict

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Go

Rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty

I can't help thinking that one legal team is probably headed up by Vroomfondel, and the other by Majikthise...

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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Unhappy

I wish

that El Reg's mobile site wasn't now so fscked that reading / commenting is now almost impossible. Still, I've lost count of the Microsoft Clouds that I've bought due to the tiny, unobtrusive advert that's shown...

He said - from the desktop version of the site ;-)

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

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Re: New Reg mobile site sucks.

I'm afraid I agree that the mobile site is currently unusable. It's even starting to make the el Reg Windows Phone app look good - which is an amazing achievement in itself ;-)

Hopefully you'll get it sorted soon, though I'd prefer just a simple list of articles rather than trying to make it a mini version of the main site. I appreciate I'm part of an ever dwindling number of people who just like some actual text on the screen though!

Your comment about auto detecting worries me - will I be able to choose which site to view or are you going all BBC we-know-best-so-screw-you on us!?

Cheers!

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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Re: You MS haters are amusing!

Thus spake largefile on 4/2/14!

Two whole months ago?

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Microsoft's ALREADY telling of bugs in Fondle-Office for iPad

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Unhappy

Sharepoint

... barely works on the desktop, what chance on iThings?

In fact, if you want to hide information from the NSA etc, don't bother encrypting it, just store it in Sharepoint - they'll never find it (nor will you, mind...)

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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Paris Hilton

Unix servers?

I thought the mantra was: 'Gnu's Not Unix'.....??

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Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum

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ROU

Probably just a Torturer class ROU reconfiguring its fields to appear as something else.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: Sad, sad, sad.

Its the modern way of museums. Bristol used to have an "Industrial Museum"

This is the first thing that came into my head as I was reading...

If you want to see the true horror of what awaits, visit the M-Shed in Bristol. Gone are most of the interesting exhibits that stimulated the imagination and interest. Instead we have small text panels, large photos, and lots of 'audio experiences'

Adults are no longer welcome in this excuse for a museum, it's just for spoonfeeding kids tiny snippets of information so they're not taxed too much by having to actually think for themselves.

Hope BP doesn't go the same way :-(

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Woman whipped gun from vagina in SPACE ALIEN spat, reports Officer Zook

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Coffee/keyboard

Pork holster

See icon.

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Windows Phone app developers: These games are made for you

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Go

Can't wait

Me and the other windows phone user are both looking forwards to all these new apps :-)

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Trollface

Nobody complained...

... when their G+ page changed weeks ago though.

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

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Re: The first hurdle....

...despite having worked on the internet since the 90s...

Well, hurry up and finish it please!

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

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Fanny

That is all.

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Ding-dong, Cthulu calling: Infogrames’ 1992 Alone in the Dark

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I loved that game :-)

Though it pushed my 386DX33 with trident video card to the limit ;-)

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Facebook allows full personal data ransack with Graph Search

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With each new iteration of the facebook interface..

.. I find it harder and harder to actually find anything I'm interested in on there. It's like they track you to see what you actually want to see, then automatically replace it with stuff *they* want you to see...

It's as if they're reliant on serving you crap you don't want.. oh right..

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New! Yahoo! logo! shows! Marissa! Meyer's! personal! touch!

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Re: Holy Remind Me Of GeoCities Batman!

I just ran Yahoo.com through the Geocities-izer to see what would happen... I think I may have accidentally created a black hole =:-O

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It's official: Apple sends out invitations for September 10 event

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Re: I think it's going to be bigger than expected.

And am I the only one that thinks that, with few exceptions, anything gold coloured invariably ends up looking cheap and tasteless?

Perhaps they're bringing out 'Elizabeth Duke' special editions of everything...

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Re: I would have been very surprised if either company had objected.

<AOL>

It really *is* that bad...

<shudder>

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Look out ARM, Intel, here comes MIPS – again

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Go

I miss my IRIS Indigo

I loved that little purpley box - just the right size to rest your feet on :-)

The Indigo2, Indy and O2 just weren't as practical (although there was fun to be had building a 'mousetrap' style course in front of the I2 and seeing how far you could get the CD caddy to travel after ejecting it... ah, happy days as a graduate plonked in front of lots of expensive SGI kit :-)

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