* Posts by MCG

49 posts • joined 10 May 2010

'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

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Err, it's a glass not a metal... the word "glass" in the name is a dead giveaway.

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Acer cranks Chromebooks with Core i3 models

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Re: It's an Acer...

"EU 16GB SSD limits"? Seriously, I never heard of such a thing and Google turns up nothing. What are you referring to?

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

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Re: As if this will make people happy!

Err, because of the lack of apps and drivers on Linux?

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft

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Re: So what's in it?

Never mind that - we finally discovered someone admitting to using a Metro app!

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Seagate's LaCie touts a 25TB (not a typo) box o' disks for your DESK

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Re: Did you try?

I've been in the same boat with LaCie drives conking out - it has never once turned out to be the PSU - it always without fail seems to be the interface inside the case that fails, probably due to lack of adequate cooling.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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Re: How long before...

All-in-ones and non-expandable boxen have inexplicably never been all that proper in the PC market.

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Re: Shame

Ha ha yeah, right. The Mac Pro market segment want a Mac Pro with room for additional drives, a replaceable graphics card, a couple of PCI slots, not this gigantic dildo. This is aimed squarely at poseurs with more money than sense - Apple clearly hates real pro users.

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GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer

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Re: FLOSS nutter

"If a Windows user (more likely to be lay computer user) has a good experience with things like The GIMP or Libre Office, they are more likely to try a Linux distro."

I suppose it's _possible_ someone might have a good experience with the GIMP or LibreOffice but I'm having trouble imagining what possible arrangement of contrived circumstances could possibly lead to such an event....

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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

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Re: They seem to be doing everything right, apart from...

I like how you felt you had to post that sh1te as AC...

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Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go

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Re: Total amount of

Well, sure - if you're a f*****g idiot or totally incompetent. Troll.

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

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Re: Is that really true?

XP in 160Mb? Well, good luck with that. In my experience it sucks donkey dicks on anything less than 1GB...

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Re: Software is not magic!!

"Microsoft boldly states that if you have a Windows XP or Vista machine, chuck it out and get new hardware, because the new OS will run like a dead dog on it."

Here in the Real World (TM), Windows 7 and 8 run very well on any machine that could handle that old slug Vista, while XP era machines from 2005 on can easily handle Windows 7 given a little more RAM.

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Re: But slowly – over time

"Move to Linux"

Haw haw, no wonder you posted as AC :)

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Apple blings up new iMac with latest Intel chips, next-gen Wi-Fi

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Re: Can we PLEASE get to grips with this "Apple are expensive" line?

Yes, well, good luck if you ever realise you need more RAM or you need to replace a failed hard drive.

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Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

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Re: How

Well, why don't you spend five minutes getting some answers on Google, you drooling ignoramus?

Twat.

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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

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Re: Dear Gmail. STFU & GTFO.

Seriously? You're finding Gmail's UI challenging? Haw haw haw. Oh you septics kill me, you really do.

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Re: Use Thunderbird

Yes, and about a thousand other more annoying problems introduced, since Thunderbird is the pits :)

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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KingSpec's 2TB Multicore PCI-E SSD whopper vs the rest

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Re: Real World Priorities

>What sort of shit heap have you got on your desk that means you have to get coffee while it copies files?

Probably a recent model Apple desktop.... got a 2013 i5 iMac right here and it is a pisspoor performer in every respect, the very epitome of style over performance :)

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Wikipedians say no to Jimmy's 'buggy' WYSIWYG editor

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FAIL

I too correct mistakes on Wikipedia without being reverted all the time. Possibly because I use references and I aren't grinding any axes or pushing crank theories. YMMV

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Re: feature creep

The Tories, of course... They're responsible for everything bad that happens :)

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

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Re: Alternative to Windows?

"Linux generally runs cooler than windows* in my experience. However I have heard of your situation with bad drivers running the graphics at full power constantly. It is the unfortunate joy of the card/chip makers not to support the users. If you are using AMD or Nvidia graphics you may want to try changing the driver in use. Mint should give you some driver options but if they dont work you may need to download drivers."

Genius! The damned thing has a Mobility Radeon - if that's running full tilt it would explain the whole thing quite nicely :(

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Re: Alternative to Windows?

Okay, I bit - I downloaded Linux Mint 15 at the weekend, burnt a disc, and installed in on a somewhat idle laptop.

First time I've tried Linux in ages - sadly, it'll probably be the last....

Mint ran fine and looked great, but the laptop's fan NEVER stopped running at full tilt! And looking at the temperatures reported by the sensors revealed why - the damned thing was 10-15 degrees hotter than under Windows 7!

What gives? I posted a plaintive appeal for assistance on the Linux Mint forums, but either nobody has a clue or they can't be arsed :(

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Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds

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WTF?

"On a paperback you print it with the price, so it's stuck at that price. eBooks however you can change dynamically as time goes by."

If only there was a way by which those dratted prices on paperbacks could be covered up with some sort of self-adhesive paper-based product with a different price printed on it.....

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Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'

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WTF?

Re: Extrapolating - Eadon's predictions

Wake me up when Linux gets some apps, you dreary twat.

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British bookworms deem Amazon 'evil'

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Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?

Spot on, fuzzy. Since buying my Kindle two years back I've read at least a thousand ebooks without buying a single one from Amazon. Or from anyone else for that matter....

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Re: We didn't throw netbooks under the bus, Microsoft did

Nope, sorry, the truth is that nobody wanted the original Linux netbooks, because they didn't run the users' familiar old apps; the average user wants MS Office, not half-baked tat like OpenOffice or LibreOffice or whatever that shoddy old abandonware calls itself these days. And neither did they "grind to a halt" when "the obligatory virus scanner" was installed; I had one of the Acer netbooks and it ran just fine under Win XP and just as well under Windows 7 as well, certainly better than the peculiar variety of Linux it came saddled with.

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Rampaging gnu crashes Microsoft Store, hands out literature

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Re: Have you ever noticed OS X and iOS run on Apple devices only?

"And if their windows license sticker has been damaged, even just one character unreadable, they'll have to fork out for a new license as well."

GTFO with your witless scare-mongering FUD, you dribbling troll.

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Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

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Re: Mount an ISO

In actual fact, all versions of Windows 7 and 8 can be purchased as downloads in ISO format.

Christ, I hate you anonymous twats.

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HP Spectre XT 13in Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review

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Re: @GitMeMyShootinIrons Agreed.

How much do you think they saved by deleting the internal optical drive? I mean, seriously, it can't be more than £20 or so; they're cheap commodity items.

You knob.

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Ten 15in notebooks for under 400 quid

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Re: Actually since there are refurbished notebooks...

Sadly, the T400 was when the rot set in at Lenovo, and the renowned Thinkpad build quality began to head south. T400s are notorious for their bendy keyboards, dubious touchpads, and ropey USB sockets.

Oh, and the dual-graphics, 1440x900 screen T400s can be easily picked up here in the UK for £220 or so - no need to get them sent from Canada :)

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Valve to raise Steam for Ubuntu

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Sod Steam. Every time I decide to play a Steam game it decides it's time to update either the Steam platform or the game. Every. Sodding. Time.

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

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Re: Oh well

That all said I actualy prefer Vista over windows 7

That was the point when my eyes rolled back in my head. Very droll, sir.

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'Kill yourself now' - Torvalds throws openSUSE security tantrum

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Re: Re: Linux is just a kernel

....and usable applications :)

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HUD's up! Ubuntu creates menu-free GUI

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WTF?

Didn't they carry out any usability testing? Or is that sort of la-de-da tomfoolery frowned upon by the brawny-thewed lads and lasses in the Open Source world?

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Mozilla denies OS X Leopard 2012 kill

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Meh

Or on the other hand, chances are that someone who hasn't upgraded OS X for 4 years is actually an old and experienced Apple user, who knows very well that each new version of OS X means more applications and peripherals refusing to work, and who wishes to stick with something that *just works*.

This is one thing Microsoft has always been good at, and which Apple could care less about, namely backwards compatibility.

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Ten... remastered videogame classics

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Oh God Steam

Steam is great! None of this old-timey business of simply launching a game and starting playing! Oh my no!

First you have to wait for the Steam client to creak into life and then, if you're lucky (once you've closed the inevitable popup advertising a game you've never heard of) you can launch the game.

Of course, if you're NOT lucky, Steam informs you that it's updating whatever game you fancied playing, and the updates creep in at such a low bitrate it's obviously going to take a sodding hour, so you wander off and make a cup of tea and get distracted by the TV and by the time you remember you fancied playing a game Steam is either still downloading at a snail's pace or it's time for bed....

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Iomega Mac Companion external hard drive

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Iomega!?

Too bad the name "Iomega" immediately makes me flash back to the endless upsets caused by failed Zip & Jaz cartridges and lost data.... never again!

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Amazon to whup Apple rivals when Kindle Fire hits UK

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WTF?

Netbooks?

Perhaps because most if not all of the 10" netbooks have lacklustre processors, low (1024x600) displays, and dismal battery life?

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Windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' Linux

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WTF?

The simplest explanation would be that your PC and/or its optical drive is FUBAR'ed. But don't let me kill your paranoiac buzz!

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Boffins step closer to steam-powered Babbage computer

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FAIL

Eh?

Methinks you should go look out that ancient "How Computers Work" book and toil over it until you discover the startling reason why true computers differ from mere calculators (such as abaci). Or then again, you could just Google it.

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Apple dealers hit with Lion bar

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How much?

Windows 7 Home Premium - when I bought it not so long ago - was an extortionate UKP 30. And that was a full version, not an upgrade or OEM. Newegg is not the be-all and end-all of online software shopping.

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Google accused of stealing PayPal's mobile payment secrets

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Nicer?

It doesn't need to be nicer, it just needs to be a little bit more efficient and customer-friendly than PayPal - not a tall order!

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New Mac scareware variant installs without password

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Jobs Halo

Question!

Am I right in thinking that it's mainly users of the execrable Safari who are affected, since Safari has the option to open 'safe' files after downloading checked by default??

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Apple to support reps: Don't confirm Mac infections

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WTF?

Say what now?

"Patching your DLLs"? "Reinstalling your firewall"? What colour is the sky on your planet, Mr Anonymous?

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Mozilla rages at MS, Apple and Google's 'trojan horse' tactics

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I'd love to ditch Windows!

However - I (and probably everyone else in the Real World who uses Windows) doesn't do so out of choice - we use it because we have no other option, due to apps that are only available under Windows, or have no suitable equivalents under other operating systems.

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'Big Four' lose filesharing case against Irish ISP

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CD prices

Checking on HMV just now, many new CDs are going for £8.99. I can remember 20 years ago paying £10 for CDs - therefore they are cheaper in real terms, since everything else (including wages) has risen more than a bit over the past two decades due to inflation.

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Murdoch's paywall: The end of the suicide era?

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This will be interesting...

Personally, I don't see it workingh out. True, the Financial Times and the WSJ do well from subs, but they offer content people want to pay for, whereas the Times offers nothing in the least compelling - it's a very dull and average newspaper with absolutely nothing exciting or must-read about either its coverage or its contributors.

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Apple iPad

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WTF?

JooJoo?

Er... are you aware that the JooJoo has in fact turned out to be more or less crap? It doesn't run Flash, it has a 2.5 hour battery life, and (hahaha) it only works when wifi is available since it's browser-based...

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